DISCUSSING important issues of public policy in the region has been the mandate of the Pacific Update Conference.

Minister for Waterways, Dr. Mahendra Reddy, while officiating at the conference, said the importance of getting outside expert opinion on these important matters.

“It will not only ensure that we make the most efficient use of state resources, but also to ensure that we navigate our country in the right direction to secure a brighter future for future generations of Pacific Islanders,” Reddy said.

The conference aims to study a number of vital topics such as climate change, resilience, the blue economy, gender equality, infrastructure management and development and tourism.

“We need to join hands with all stakeholders in tackling these issues. Conferences of this nature which seeks to evaluate policies and research aimed at countering Pacific Island issues is highly instrumental,” Reddy said.

With this, it has brought in policy makers, academics, researchers, private sector and public sector partners, business people and other development practitioners who will collaborate on ideas between research and policy hence bringing better results that can be used by society.

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