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Special Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Summit Begins

KUBUABOLA  
 18th March 2012, Suva: Tomorrow will mark another chapter of the Melanesian Spearhead Group with the beginning of the Special MSG Summit commencing from 19th – 30th March, 2012. The event highlight Fiji’s last hosting as Chair of the MSG and also symbolizes the historical occasion with the first time all the nine (9) meetings held in one place and also signifies MSG confidence on Fiji as the host nation.

In welcoming the Delegates the Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola says, “Fiji is pleased to hold this Special Summit and would like to welcome all delegations to our shores. The Special MSG Summit will have productive and a fruitful discussions and the outcome will benefit MSG member countries.”

The Republic of Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste have been invited as Observers and Luxembourg as Special Observer. Special guests invited are the Kingdom of Morocco, Russia Federation, Peoples Republic of China, South Pacific Commission, University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University.
Under Fiji’s Chairmanship of the MSG significant decisions taken at the Summit included the establishment of the Regional Police Academy (RPA) and the establishment of the MSG Formed Police Unit (FPU), endorsement of the Report of 01st MSG Mission to New Caledonia that took place from 8-11 June 2010 with the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization (C24) formally recognizing the work of the MSG in the decolonization process in New Caledonia by including and acknowledging the Mission’s Report in the Draft Resolution on New Caledonia at the UN General Assembly in 2011.
Trade & Economic Issues was also covered in MSG deliberations under Fiji’s Chairmanship which saw the endorsement by Leaders of a broad vision on the future MSG Economic Integration and discussions on a MSG Trade in Services (TIS) agreement and MSG Labor Mobility Scheme.
Tomorrow’s meetings feature discussions by the Trade in Services Sub-committee Meeting (TISSCM) at the Member’s Lounge – GCC Complex, and the Special Sub- Committee on Legal & Institutional Issues (SCLII) Meeting, at the Fiji Police Academy – Gymnasium.
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(To view photos of the MSG 2012, please click here)