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"Inclusive" PIDF summit concludes with commitment on partnership, green/blue growth

English.news.cn   2014-06-20 12:20:23

NADI, Fiji, June 20 (Xinhua)-- Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama concluded the 2nd summit of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) on Friday afternoon, calling it a success. "I have to admit that after the success of the inaugural Forum last year -- and the wonderful spirit that marked our first gathering -- I wondered whether we could keep that spirit alive. But I realize now that I needn't have worried, judging from the feedback I've received from so many of you,"said the prime minister in his closing speech.

The inclusiveness of the meeting is a great strength, said Bainimarama. "Part of the attraction of the PIDF is still its novelty value, the fact that for the first time, we all have a genuinely Pacific gathering that is also genuinely inclusive -- Governments, civil society organizations and business working together to forge a sustainable development path for us all,"he said.

The summit, themed"Green Growth in the Pacific: Building Resilient Sustainable Futures and Geunine Partnership Parterships, "gathers about 400 high-level participants from more than 10 Pacific island governments, civil society and business circles as well as observers from nations such as Morocco, Venezuela, Israel, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Kuwait and Georgia.

Editor: Xiang Bo
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