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Heads of state arrive

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, June 19, 2014

A STATE welcome was given to the President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono yesterday afternoon marking the first official event of the Second Summit Pacific Islands Development Forum at Denarau in Nadi.

Among the heads of states present was Vice-President of the Federated States of Micronesia Alik L Alik and Kazakhstan ambassador at large Barlyhbay Sadykov.

Prime Minister of Tonga Lord Siale'ataongo Tu'ivakano, President for Nauru Baron Divavesi Waqa and senior officials from French Polynesia and Solomon Islands were also accorded traditional welcome ceremonies.

President Yudhoyono is expected to deliver his address today to officially open the summit.

The summit will be chaired by Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama along with co-chairs State of Micronesia ambassador to Fiji Gerson Jackson and Anglican Church in Polynesia Archbishop Dr Winston Halapua.

Following the official opening, bilateral meetings will be held between President Yudhoyono and the Pacific delegation.

The first plenary discussion will examine the strategic framework for green growth and learn from countries about their experiences, opportunities and challenges pressing forward the green growth agenda.

The discussions will be chaired by Solomon Islands Minister for Foreign Affairs Clay Forau Soalaoi and Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation vice chairman Howard Politini.

Interim secretary general for the PIDF Feleti Teo and director general of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat Peter Forau are also expected to deliver keynote addresses during the first round of discussions.

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