Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
9th February 2012: On 6th February this week the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) turned 65. Representing the Ministry at a Celebration at its Nabua HQ to mark the event was the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs &International Cooperation Mrs. Saipora Mataikabara and Fiji’s representative to the SPC Mrs. Litia Mawi.
Today SPC comprises 22 Pacific Island countries and territories (American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna) and four of the founding members Australia, France, New Zealand and United States.
Fiji joined SPC as a full member in 1971.
This year’s celebration in Nabua also included the introduction of the members of an independent external review panel to consider SPC in the context of its broader role in regional development. This review, which has already begun, entails examining SPC’s core business and other important issues, such as general governance and organisational efficiency.
Following the Celebration the Panel visited the Ministry as part of its consultation for the Review and met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Mrs. Saipora Mataikabara and Fiji’s representative to the SPC Mrs. Litia Mawi.
(Photo caption: Mrs. Mataikabara (right) cutting the SPC birthday cake with PNG Ambassador Peter Carmichael Lake Eafeare and SPC DDG Fekitamoeloa Utoikamanu)
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