FIJI will look to encourage more South-South co-operation in its tenure as the head of the Global 77 plus China.
In a statement at the handover ceremony yesterday, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said South-South co-operation had a special place in the development agenda.
South-South co-operation is defined by the UN as developing countries sharing knowledge, experience, technical prowess, appropriate technologies, and financial and in-kind contributions. It also describes developed countries serving to facilitate and foster these South-South linkages.
"Today, South-South co-operation remains our primary focus," Commodore Bainimarama said.
"The exchange of resources, technology and knowledge between developing nations has increased in importance and scope, and we believe strongly in South-South cooperation as a complement to North-South cooperation."
In the spirit of South-South co-operation, he also announced Fiji's intentions to convene a meeting of the high-level panel of eminent personalities of the south.
He said the meeting would address relevant development challenges and update the Development Platform for the South, as mandated by the Second South Summit.
"Furthermore, we are fully committed to providing the necessary support to help bring the new UN Office for South-South Cooperation on line — the entity charged with coordinating and promoting South-South cooperation across the entire UN system," Commodore Bainimarama said.
The Prime Minister used his G77 opening statement to encourage UN Secretary-General, Ban-Ki-Moon to take necessary measures ensuring the UN Office for South-South Cooperation was provided with necessary resources.
"South-South cooperation will continue to represent the best form of solidarity and interdependence among the members of our group."