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     Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service

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MSG Trade in Services Sub-Committee Review Skills Movement Scheme

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19th March, 2012, Suva: The Melanesian Spearhead Group Trade In Services Sub-committee meeting (TISSCM) met today at the Vale ni Bose Members Complex in Suva Fiji, to discuss outcomes  of the last TISSCM and also draw attention to the remaining work of the MSG Skills Movement Scheme.
 
The purpose of the meeting was to undertake a final review of the Draft MOU on the MSG Skills Movement Scheme for the purpose of submitting a final MOU to the Trade and Economic Officials Meeting (TEOM) for consideration.
 
The draft MOU recalls the joint Communiques from the 16th and 18th Summits of Leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group in 2005 and 2011 in Papua New Guinea and Fiji respectively.
 
The MSG Skills Movement Scheme aims to strengthen regional cooperation and integration through a scheme that provides access employment opportunities and facilitates the movement of MSG nationals amongst its parties namely the MSG member countries.
 
Delegates from member countries of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji met four times since June 2011 to progress the Draft MOU further.
 
At the December 2011 Meeting the Sub-committee of the member countries further completed provisions of the Draft MOU provisions.

Today, delegates reviewed the entire MOU complete with the Member’s Schedules including an amendment on the signing and entry into force of the MOU.
 
The Subcommittee in the lead of the meeting today had agreed that the MOU would enter into force six months after the signing.
The outcomes of the TISSCM from today’s meeting will be presented by the Chair of TISSCM to the TEOM to review and finalize the MOU.
 
(Photo caption Left- right: MSG Secretariat Director Trade and Investment, Ms Mere Falemaka with Chairman of the meeting, Mr Sekope Tamanitoakula of Fiji’s Commerce Ministry)
To view more photos of the meeting, please click here