His Excellency Gilles Montagnier. Photo: SUPPLIED.
By SHELYN MANI
The Ambassador of France H.E Gilles Montagnier will attend the 2nd summit of the Pacific Island development forum (PIDF) that will be held in Nadi from 18th to 20th of June 2014.
This meeting is an important moment after the inauguration of the Secretariat of the PIDF in Suva last April. The forum will make available an opportunity for Pacific islands development countries to come together to discuss matters of mutual regional interest in an empowering executive atmosphere, based on the principles of international collaboration.
“This regional organization is important for us because all countries and territories are members, without discrimination. This allows French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna – all together, more than half a million of people – to fully participate and share about common challenges,” H.E Gilles Montagnier stated.
The fact that private sector is closely associate is also very positive as it makes the PIDF a genuinely regional organization.