The state visit by the Hon’ble Indian President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and New Zealand in April 2016, marked an important milestone in India’s extended ‘Act East’ policy. It flagged a new momentum that has emerged in India’s relations with the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) since the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi assumed office in May, 2014 and subsequently instituted the Forum for India Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC).
As a reflection of its deep and enduring ties with the Pacific Island nations, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in collaboration will facilitate the Conference on May 25 and 26, 2017 in Suva, Fiji.The Conference is being held under the aegis of the Forum for India Pacific Islands Co-operation (FIPIC) framework and will have ministerial representation from India and the 14 Pacific Island countries, namely; Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
In the course of its proceedings, the Conference will focus on the environmental challenges and threats facing the small island developing states (SIDS), as well as areas where India can collaborate. The Conference will provide for people-to-people dialogue to encourage an enabling atmosphere that fosters understanding, cooperation and collective action.
The Conference seeks to encourage region wide strategic policies to mitigate and to adapt to climate change, promote regional cooperation and exchange of expertise as well as enhance public-private action to build climate resilience.
Key representatives from all Pacific Island nations, as well as representatives from Government, industry, academia, and sustainability think tanks from India and the region are expected to participate in the Conference.