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Keep the legacy

Nanise Loanakadavu
Thursday, January 31, 2013

MEMBERS of Melanesian Spearhead Group are urged to continue with the MSG legacy in order for the next generation to experience and enjoy their true Melanesia.

Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, who attended a launch in Vanuatu on behalf of Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, made the statement over the weekend.

He thanked the MSG member countries for their support and understanding towards Fiji's nation-building process.

With the theme '25 years of Melanesian Solidarity and Growth', the MSG jubilee was launched by the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Meltek Sato Kilman Livtuvanu.

During the launch, Ratu Inoke and the foreign minister of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and PNG participated in a trade exhibition organised by the MSG Secretariat.

The ministers also took part in the unveiling of the MSG Silver Jubilee Carvings, the launching of the MSG Silver Jubilee Documentary and the launching of the MSG souvenirs.

In a statement, the leaders reflected on the progress of the MSG since its inception in 1988 and recognised the contributions of the founders and pioneers of the group.

Ratu Inoke expressed his gratitude to the government and people of Vanuatu for hosting the celebrations.

He further reiterated the support of Fiji towards future aspirations of MSG.

MSG member countries are expected to host a week-long MSG celebrations following the launch of the Silver Jubilee.

Fiji will also be dedicating a week for the MSG celebrations. The dates, however, have yet to be confirmed.