MELANESIAN Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders’ Summit will expect to deliberate on the future of the MSG Secretariat and its member countries for a stronger and vibrant sub-region.
This is envisioned in what has been documented as the MSG 2038 Prosperity for All Plan, a report produced by the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) and adopted by MSG leaders in 2013.
Incoming chair and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Milner Tozaka noted this when addressing the MSG Foreign Minister’s meeting, Monday.
Mr Tozaka said it is a plan that will take MSG for the next 25 years and beyond.
“T 2038 Prosperity for All Plan is key to MSG’s future and it requires the participation and collective efforts of all stakeholders- people, governments, private sector, civil society organisations and development partners alike will be necessary,” he said.
“…ambitious as it is, it envisions what our sub-region of Melanesia in the Pacific will be like in the next 25 years-a strong and vibrant Melanesia.
“We will need to develop and work on synergies and utilise cooperation modalities and partnerships that take into account the present day architecture we have for regional cooperation and likewise utilise public –private partnership and triangular cooperation where there are feasible.”
He also noted this year’s MSG Summit theme, “Let us build a strong Melanesia in the Pacific where peace, progress, prosperity is ensured and sustained for all,” as envisioned alongside the plan.
“The theme is fitting as we look forward to endorse the implementation framework of the plan at this summit.”
By BRADFORD THEONOMI