Koya highlights importance of building resilient Pacific

FIJI continues to prioritise the issues of climate change and other threats that affect the Pacific people.

Therefore, the notion of building a more resilient Pacific is more important now than ever.

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Koya led Fiji’s delegation with the Roving Ambassador to Pacific Island Countries Ratu Tui Cavuilati and senior Government officials at the Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting held in Apia, Samoa.

The Foreign Ministers from the 18 forum member countries engaged in a series of discussions on ways to work together in the region and to promote the security and development of the Blue Pacific Region.

The Forum Ministers Meeting was chaired by Samoa’s Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi.

In delivering his address, Mr Koya highlighted the importance of such meetings as it enables members to set our priorities for engagement and interaction not only amongst ourselves but with the international community.

Mr Koya also emphasised on the need to sit together and “Talanoa” sharing collective approaches towards these issues while maintaining our sovereignties.

Foreign Ministers from around the region convened to discuss issues relating to climate change, regional governance, Biketawa Plus and the strengthening of the Pacific Island Forums international Engagement and Advocacy among other important topics.

The outcome of the foreign ministers meeting would be tabled for consideration at the Pacific Islands forum leaders meeting in Nauru next month.