FOREIGN ministers of the Melanesian Spearhead Group who've undergone a high level study visit in Singapore have embraced the initiative and thanked the government and people of Singapore for sharing their history of economic achievements.
Ratu Inoke Kubuabola is the chairman of the MSG Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (FMM).
Ratu Inoke said the visit was a first for the region and he and his colleagues from Melanesia had learnt a lot about Singapore's achievements and how the country had developed into one of the most successful economies in the world.
The tour was an opportunity for the ministers to obtain first-hand knowledge of some of the challenges Singapore went through in the early 1950s and 1960s and what inspired the people.
According to a statement, Singapore, a nation with no natural resources, has some of the best infrastructures in the world.
Last year, Singapore had a GDP of $US260 billion ($F462b) and a growth rate of 4.9 per cent.
Ratu Inoke said the MSG members, who together possessed about 90 per cent of the natural resources in the Pacific, could learn a lot from Singapore.
He said the ministers learnt valuable lessons on leadership which had transformed Singapore to what it was today.
"The commitment and hard work of its people have also contributed significantly to the success of Singapore — one of the most economically self-sufficient nations in the world," he said.