The Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga, has visited the Pacific Islands Development Forum Secretariat in Suva.
Mr Sopoaga was in Fiji to take part at the inaugural International Conference on Oceans and Rivers at the Fiji National University Nadi Campus last week.
He is the first Pacific Island Leader to visit the Secretariat since its opening this year by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
In his remarks at the Secretariat, Prime Minister Sopoaga expressed appreciation for the work of the Secretariat since its establishment:I am especially honoured to be the first leader from the Pacific to visit the Secretariat especially as a son of Tuvalu is currently serving in a leadership role at the PIDF as its Secretary General.
Feleti Teo, the first Secretary General of the PIDF, is a highly-experienced regional public servant and Tuvalu is pleased that he can assist the PIDF during this very important stage in its development.
The Prime Minister also spoke about the recently concluded United Nations Climate Summit in New York City where he was one of the two Co-Chair of the eminent meeting.
During the visit the Secretariat briefed PM Sopoaga on the work of the PIDF:
The Pacific is at a historical juncture where it is establishing for the first time a truly representative and participatory platform that will empower the People of the Pacific as primary stakeholders in their development to initiate the process and make joint decisions about its outcome and to handle challenges and influence the direction of their own lives through the green economy. Through the PIDF the people of the Pacific are giving value to voices never heard at this level of decision making in the Pacific before, the Secretariat said in its presentation.
Last Friday, Prime Ministers Bainimarama and Sopoaga signed the Fiji-Tuvalu Maritime Boundary Treaty after years of negotiation.
The treaty formally establishes the extent of the national areas of jurisdiction between Fiji and Tuvalu as recognised in international law under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.