The first ever Pacific Skills Summit started in Suva today.

With over 300 delegates including 40 leaders of government across the Pacific, the summit aims to stimulate the creation of new, innovative and practical approaches that will strengthen the Pacific Skills system and possibly address skills challenges faced by the region.

These challenges are in the region because of the global economic trend, unpredictable market forces, demographic and social changes, digital disruption, climate change and climate adaptation.

The summit is one of the priority initiative that the President of Nauru His Excellency Baron Divavesi Waqa came up with during his time as chair of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

“We need to be clear about what we want and what we plan to do together.Effective action requires unity of purpose,” he said during his opening remarks.

“In the context of this summit I suggest we all want one very big thing. We want independent,democratic, confident, inclusive,sustainable, healthy and prosperous Pacific nations by working individually and with each other”

Topics for discussion within the two days include: the future of work; the state of Pacific skills; addressing skills gaps and strengthening standards; a spotlight on innovation; and next generation skills for the Blue Pacific.


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