Pa­cific Is­lands should work to­gether: To­gani­valu

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Pa­cific Is­land coun­tries must adapt re­gion­ally to­gether as one and set out a ro­bust process through which regional pri­or­i­ties will be iden­ti­fied and im­ple­mented. This was high­lighted by Fiji De­vel­op­ment Bank chief ex­ec­u­tive Deve To­gani­valu dur­ing the 30th As­so­ci­a­tion of the De­vel­op­ment Fi­nanc­ing In­sti­tu­tions in the Pa­cific (ADFIP) an­nual meet­ing yes­ter­day. The meet­ing was held at the Radis­son Blu Re­sort on Denarau Is­land in Nadi. “We as mem­bers of ADFIP face sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges and un­cer­tain­ties that arise as our re­gion changes with moder­nity, glob­al­iza­tion and the dam­ag­ing ef­fects of cli­mate change,” he said. “We must stand united to share and com­bine our re­sources to over­come geo­graph­i­cal and de­mo­graphic dis­ad­van­tages.” He added the meet­ing had been de­ferred twice dur­ing the past twelve months.

“We are fi­nally here col­lec­tively as as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers to con­tinue the dis­cus­sion on ma­jor is­sues af­fect­ing Pa­cific Is­land na­tions and the so­lu­tions to prob­lems we face in our own coun­tries,” he said. The an­nual meet­ing is from the 21st to the 24th of this month.

Photo: NI­CO­LETTE CHAM­BERS

The Fiji De­vel­op­ment Bank chief ex­ec­u­tive Deve To­gani­valu dur­ing the 30th ADFIP at the Radis­son Re­sort in Nadi yes­ter­day.

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