PIDF national consultation workshop underway in Honiara

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Facilitators and Participants at the forum today

A two days National Consultation Workshop on the establishment of the Solomon Islands National Sustainable Development Board (NSDB) of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) began in Honiara today (Tuesday 11).

The workshop which is being facilitated by a visiting team from the Suva-based PIDF Secretariat has gathered together representatives from Government line Ministries, Civil Society Organisations and the Private Sector.

The workshop discusses the establishment of the National Sustainable Development Board (NSDB) as well as the PIDF’s Climate Change Treaty, the Climate Change Road Map and the Organisation’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2020.

Endorsed by Leaders during the 4th Leaders’ Summit in Honiara last July, Articles 9 and 13 of the PIDF Charter provides for the establishment of National Sustainable Development Boards in all PIDF member Countries and Territories to serve as the implementation link in the decision-making cycle of the Organisation.

The PIDF is a unique organisation, with membership from across the Pacific, inclusive of Regional Governments and Territories, the Private Sector, which is the primary generator of economic prosperity and also from the Civil Society who represents a genuine voice in development.

PIDF uses the expertise of the private sector, normative leadership of the public sector, and successful delivery mechanisms of civil society in its services to its members.

Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Peter Kenilorea Junior delivering his remarks

“Solomon Islands as a member of PIDF can be proud of its uniqueness. But today we are here to take our membership with the PIDF to another level; that is through the process of establishing the Pacific Islands Development Forum National Sustainable Development Board (NSDB) in the Solomon Islands,” said Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Peter Kenilorea Junior.

The workshop provides an opportunity for national participants to put forward their ideas, inputs and expertise to identify or shape the best possible structure for the Solomon Islands National Sustainable Development Board.

The visiting PIDF Secretariat team includes the PIDF Deputy Secretary General, Peni Lomaloma, Team Leader of the PIDF Program Management Division, Mr Mark Borg and Tony Kabasi of the Solomon Islands High Commission in Suva.

-Gov’t Communication Unit