Samoan PM opens research week

Samoan PM Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi (centre) is received by the vice-chancellor of the University of the South Pacific Professor Rajesh Chandra and pro-chancellor Winston Thompson before the official opening of the Research Week at the University of the South Pacific in Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

WE need to be aware of what is going on around us.”

This was highlighted by the Samoan Prime Minister and chair of the Pacific Islands Forum Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi after he officially opened the Research Week at the University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus in Suva on Monday.

Mr Tuilaepa said the Pacific needed to be alert because there were a lot of ongoing research in our Blue Pacific.

“No doubt that all of you are aware that our Blue continent is one of the most highly researched and studied corners of our planet,” he said.

“There are a lot of research that goes unnoticed, unsolicited or does not give or provide advice to our countries. “We need to be aware of what is going on around us.”

He said the Pacific needed to take ownership for an important component in terms of development.

“There are sources of data and statistics that do not derive from our countries and we need to foster ownership and take the lead in such an important component of our development,” he said.

The Research Week is from August 27 to August 31.

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