Fiji to host high-level ADB Board of Governors meeting

Marriott International General Manager - Sheraton Westin Resorts Fiji Neeraj Chadha and Ministry of Civil Service PS Bernadette Welch at the agreement signing. Picture: SUPPLIED

PERMANENT Secretary for Civil Service Bernadette Welch signed an agreement with Marriot Group of Hotels Fiji to host the 52nd Asian Development Bank Board of Governors meeting that will be held in Fiji in 2019.

Ms Welch said Fiji was ready to host the high-level meeting of 62 countries.

She said the meeting would attract more than 4000 visitors from the Asian region, including more than 300 media personnel.

“Government will continue to work towards hosting a successful meeting in May next year and the Marriott Hotels has always worked with us over the years for regional and international events,” she said.

Ms Welch said Fiji had become the first Pacific island nation to host such a conference.

During the announcement in Manila, Philippines, Fiji’s Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said there were a number of issues they would like to discuss at the meeting.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the meeting would be about developing and caring for our people, developing micro-enterprises and how the country could nourish those men and women into thriving businesses and sustain livelihoods for all of them.

The annual meeting will be attended by Finance ministers, central bank governors, private sector representatives, development partners, academics, members of civil society groups, media, and the youth from the Asia and Pacific region.

The meeting is scheduled for May 2-5, 2019.

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