NAURU, 3 September 2018 – PRESIDENT of the Republic of Nauru, H.E, Baron Divavesi Waqa has officially welcomed the group of regional media reporters attending the 2018 Pacific Islands News Association (PINA)/Pacific Islands Forum Sectariate (PIFS) Forum Regional Media Workshop of the 49th Pacific Islands Leaders Forum held at the Forum Media Centre in Nauru.
The annual forum meeting invited regional media reporters from eight Pacific Islands Forum countries to participate in an organised two-days media workshop ahead of the Forum meeting on Monday (today).
“Nauru is humbled and proud to welcome you to the 49th Pacific Islands Leaders Forum.
“We hope and trust that this workshop that PINA and PIFS is conducting will offer added value to knowledge and insight of the issues and events of the region and this forum meeting and to guide you in writing news that will inform and educate the people of the Pacific and further afield.
“At this workshop you will have speakers in specialised fields to talk to you about fisheries, regional security, pacific regionalism, climate change and disaster risk management, as well as the unique opportunity of mentoring sessions to guide and prepare you for the issues and week ahead.
“My government and the people of Nauru you welcome to our pleasant Island and we look forward to reading your articles,” according to the President in his keynote address.
The theme for this year’s forum meeting is “Building a Strong Pacific: Our People, Our Islands, Our Will”; and hopes to capture the spirit and aspiration of the Forum’s agenda.
The Forum Agenda primarily aims to secure health and wellbeing of all our people, particularly the most vulnerable among us. It promotes strong and collective action in the areas such regional peace and security and enhancing the resilence of Pacific Communities, resources and economies.
The Forum also coincides with the 50th independence anniversary of the Republic of Nauru.