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Media Release

MSG Foreign Ministers meet in Port Vila

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3rd and 4th November 2011, Port Vila, Vanuatu: The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) is convening in Port Vila from 3 to 4 November this week for its annual Budget and Work Program meeting.

Chairman of the FMM & Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of the Republic of Fiji, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola in his opening address said the meeting will allow Foreign Ministers to discuss the work programme and budget and also approve a number of administrative, financial and governance documents that govern a number of important aspects of the MSG Secretariat’s work.

Minister Kubuabola said the meeting will discuss among other issues, specific sections of the Financial Regulations, Staff Regulations and other documents based on recommendations from the SOM.

He added that Foreign Ministers will also discuss a new formula for member contributions which is the basis for financing of the operations of the Secretariat.

The FMM Chair also made special mention to donor countries such as Government of the Peoples Republic of China, and Government of Luxembourg for their generous funding for the Political Affairs Divisional projects and also acknowledged the recent financial contribution by the Government and people of Timor-Leste towards projects under the Economic and Social Development Division of the MSG Secretariat.

Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation said another key item to be discussed at this FMM meeting is the issue of criteria, rights and responsibilities of Observers and Associate Members.

The Minister underscored the need for the MSG family to continue to look out for the interest of each of the members.

We must plan, therefore, as a family, looking after each other’s interest in the collective grouping, and making decisions based on the needs of this family first,” stated Minister Kubuabola.

The FMM meeting is attended by Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, Minister for Foreign Affaris and International Cooperation of Republic of Fiji; Hon. Peter Shanel Agovaka, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Solomon Islands; Hon. Alfred Carlot, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Vanuatu and H.E Mr. Alex Maino, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Papua New Guinea who attended on behalf of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Immigration of PNG.

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