Fiji’s efforts in playing the critical role in the Pacific, continues to show as we host the 4th South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting (SPDMM) this week.

Permanent Secretary for Defence, Manasa Lesuma said Fiji’s second high level meeting in just two weeks shows Fiji’s capabilities to organise events and successfully execute it, sends out a strong message to the region.

“It is integral that high level discussion meetings of this sort, builds Fiji’s defence and security frameworks.”

“This meetings ensures the continued synchronizing of efforts and collaboration towards addressing, both traditional and non-traditional security challenges.”

He added that terrorism acts are starting to trickle into our region, however through measured response, we can reduce the chance or neutralise the risks of this acts happening in the Pacific.

“Fiji was recently inducted as a member in 2017 and to host the next SPDMM conference, which begins this week definitely a first for Fiji and shows the commitment we have towards regional security, said Mr Lesuma.

High on the agenda for the SPDMM for discussions:

– Re-looking at the Pacific the security and defence framework.

-Bilateral meetings

– Mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change

– Counter-terrorism

– Integrated surveillance and monitoring of the pacific maritime space

Welcoming Ceremony
Ministers’ of Defence of member countries together with their delegates were traditionally welcomed at the Westin Denerau Island, Resort and Spa last night.
Also, the Minister of Defence, Inia Seruiratu hosted his counterparts to a dinner meeting, setting the scene to the SPDMM, while the French Ambassador hosted a private dinner for Chiefs of defence of member countries at the Radisson Blu.

The South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting begins tomorrow, where Minister Seruiratu and Minister Mark Ron would host delegates to a breakfast discussions on climate change.

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