The PIDF Comes of Age

The second Summit of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) was held on Fiji’s Denarau Island from June 18 to 20. Over 400 delegates from the region and beyond were in attendance and keynote presentations were provided by the Prime Minister of Fiji, Rear Admiral Josaia V. Bainimarama (Retd) and His Excellency Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono the outgoing President of Indonesia. PIDF II Summit Announcements and Outcomes The PIDF Summit outcomes document is concise and focused.

It begins with a restatement of the Ten Things needed to enable green-Blue Pacific economies from the Inaugural Summit outcomes statement. This statement captured the spirit of the Inaugural Summit and a reminder of it is valuable as the PIDF becomes more oriented toward implementing this vision. The Outcomes document includes a summary of the presentations, deliberations and agreed initiatives to guide the activities of the year ahead. The first plenary focused on “the strategic framework for green growth.”

It included presentations that highlighted the steps needed to implement the Ten Things vision from the inaugural summit to produce an enabling environment to embed green-blue economies at the national level. This plenary included an interesting reflection on how the PIDF could integrate with regional and subregional organisations such as the Melanesian Spearhead Group. It dovetailed with the strategic statement produced by the Governing Council on the eve of the Summit. In addition, the Fijian government detailed their new Green Growth framework, which could act as a model for how other PSIDS could operationalise these principles in national policies.

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