by Michelle Amba – EMTV, Port Moresby
The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Foreign Ministers Meeting commenced in Honiara, Solomon Islands on Monday 22 June 2015.
The meeting convened prior to the Leaders’ Summit to set the agenda for endorsement and deliberation by MSG Leaders.
Papua New Guinea is represented by Acting Secretary for the Department of Foreign Affairs, William Dihm.
Issues discussed include the Report of the MSG Trade Ministers following their meeting in Port Moresby in November 2014, the Finance Ministers and Governors of Central Banks Report, the criteria determining associate membership, the Report of the Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM), Cyclone Recovery Support to Vanuatu and the MSG Secretariat Report, among others.
In his opening remarks, Secretary Dihm, acknowledged the significance of the MSG and the need to collectively address the political, economic, social environment and climate change issues in the region.
“We need to ensure connectivity in the MSG region through the promotion of business, trade and investment, education, employment and cultural exchanges,” Mr.Dihm said.
The Foreign Minister’s Meeting ended yesterday as the MSG Leaders arrive in Honiara for the Leader’s Summit.