From the Director General's desk

 

DG                                                                                                                            Ambassador Amena Yauvoli
                                                                                                                     Director General

 

Ambassador Yauvoli is an experienced Fijian diplomat. He studied at the University of the South Pacific and received his Master of Commerce in Development Economics and Master of Commerce (Honours) from University of Wollongong, Australia. He was formerly the interim Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) before he was appointed as Ambassador for Climate Change and Oceans.

Ambassador Yauvoli previously served as Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs.

Apart from other senior Fiji Government appointments, he had also served as Senior Policy Adviser for Sustainable Development with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) from January 2004 to December 2005 and Manager/Director of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community North Pacific Regional Office in Federated States of Micronesia from February 2008 to December 2012.

Ambassador Yauvoli was appointed as the Director General of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat on April 2016.

 

 

As I write this piece the dust had long settled after the excitement of the Fiji elections that led to the instalment of Prime Minister Rear Admiral (ret.) Frank Bainimarama as the 10th democratically elected Prime Minister of the Fiji Islands. Yes there were concerns about some of the arrangements for the elections but overall the outcome of the election as has been posited by the Multinational Observer Group of which the MSG was part, “fairly represented the will of the people of Fiji.”

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Well 2013 has come and gone faster than we expected. It’s not that the year was shorter than every other year – it’s just that it was one of our busiest. We celebrated our 25th Anniversary in 2013 with elaborate celebrations in Port Vila and in members’ capitals, the EPG undertook their consultations and produced an amazing report and in June the biennial Leaders’ Summit was held in Noumea which saw the transfer of the MSG Chair from Fiji to the FLNKS. And then we had to support a number of constituent body meetings which included the annual budget and work program Governing Body meetings in early December. The office then closed for two weeks from 23rd December to 7 January 2014.

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29-30 August 2013,
MSG Secretariat, Port Vila, Vanuatu

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, Hon. Moana Caracasses Kalosil;
Madam Caroline Machoro,

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One of the key decisions that emanated from the 19th MSG Leaders’ Summit was the reaffirmation of MSG support to the FLNKS as inherent in the Noumea Declaration. This support is to reiterate the on-going espousal extended by the Melanesian States since the early 1980s which culminated in the formation of the MSG 25 years ago in 1988. To actually have an MSG-initiated Declaration embracing unequivocal support for the FLNKS signed and launched in their own land acknowledges that all of Melanesia are united in their recognition and acceptance of the Kanaky cause for full emancipation.

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