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Filipe Naigulevu
Monday, June 19, 2017

THE two-day 2017 Pacific Update Conference which commences tomorrow will focus on three issues facing countries in the Pacific region.

This will include discussions on the blue-green economy, including climate change and disaster resilience.

Areas of enhancing connectivity through regional co-operation, trade, infrastructure, and information and communications technology are also among discussions including labour mobility, job creation, and labour market developments.

The annual event is co-organised by The University of the South Pacific's (USP) School of Economics, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Australian National University's (ANU) Development Policy Centre.

Held at USP's Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose Theatre, Laucala Campus, the event gathers policymakers, academics and researchers, business people, and development practitioners to present and discuss economic, social, and regional developments in the Pacific.

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts and National Archives of Fiji Dr Mahendra Reddy is expected to deliver the keynote address and officially open the two-day conference including Dame Meg Taylor, the secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) who will deliver the opening remarks.

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