The Ministry of External Affairs, will host the ‘India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference’ in Suva, Fiji from May 25-26, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
The two-day conference will focus on issues such as the blue economy, adaptation-mitigation practices for climate change, disaster preparedness, health, the International Solar Alliance as well as finding practical solutions to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) implementation.
The conference is expected to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience, and initiate public-private partnerships and collaborations for the benefit of all participating countries.
Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen V K Singh will host Ministers from the 14 Pacific Island countries at the Conference. Two Presidents and three Prime Ministers from Pacific Island Countries have confirmed participation in the Conference. Business leaders, academics, civil society members and youth from the region would participate in the Conference.
The conference is being held under the framework of the Forum for India Pacific Islands Co-operation (FIPIC). The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) would be the key knowledge partner for this event.
Other key partners at the conference include Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF).
India engages with the Pacific Island Countries on a wide range of issues including climate change.
FIPIC was formed in November 2014, to strengthen India’s relationship with the Pacific Island Countries. The first FIPIC summit was held at the level of Heads of Government in November 2014 in Suva, Fiji, followed by the FIPIC-II summit held in August 2015, in Jaipur, India.