Forum ready to provide help

The Fiji Times:

Friday, 30 October 2015

Trade Ministry representatives in the region have been urged to develop recommendations for ministers, which seek to realise the aspirations of Pacific leaders and the people in the region at the 2015 Forum Trade Officials Meeting (FTOM).

This was the message to participants by Forum Secretariat deputy secretary-general Andie Fong Toy during the FTOM in the Cook Islands.

Ms Fong Toy said the secretariat was ready to provide continued assistance in discussions of the priority issues.

"This week will feature an intensive series of meetings under the overarching theme, 'Supporting Private Sector Development in the Forum Island countries' with parallel meetings of trade and economic senior officials and ministers, and the private sector.

"There are also two public seminars including one specifically on enhancing the role of the private sector.

"These will all culminate in the economic and trade ministers' dialogue with the private sector," Ms Fong Toy said.

She reminded the participants of the Framework for Pacific Regionalism (FPR), which had also included increased economic returns from fisheries as a priority in the framework.

"The FPR is a recasting of the preceding Pacific Plan but with a reinvigorated focus on advancing regionalism to deliver 'game changing results' through the necessary political level discussions and commitment.

"At their meeting in September this year, under the FPR, leaders agreed to five priorities ? increased economic returns from fisheries, climate change, information and communications technology (ICT), West Papua and cervical cancer.

"We will hear more about this in the relevant sessions and the role that trade senior officials and ministers play in support of the leaders' decisions on regional priorities."

Fiji is being represented at the meeting by head of delegation Yolinda Chan, Fiji's trade commissioner to Shanghai, director trade Seema Sharma and two other senior officials from the Trade Ministry.

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