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Two USP Convention Instruments deposited with Fiji Government

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Mr Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the USP Council (L) hands over additional Instruments of Signature and Ratification for the USP Convention to Ratu Tui Cavuilati, the Roving Ambassador for Oceania at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters in Suva.

The University of the South Pacific (USP) deposited additional Instruments of Ratification for the USP Convention by two of its member countries - Cook Islands and Nauru - at the Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Suva.

The Instruments were deposited by Mr Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the USP Council, and received by Ratu Tui Cavuilati, the Roving Ambassador for Oceania, on 22 February, 2018.

“We have this Convention that the 12 members of the University have agreed to sign and ratify and we have a two-year window which expires at the end of this year,” Mr Thompson explained.

He stated that in order to bring the Convention into force, there is a need for a minimum of six ratifications.

Cook Islands and Nauru now become the fourth and fifth member countries to ratify, in addition to Samoa, Kiribati and the Republic of Marshall Islands.

“We need one more ratification now to bring the USP Convention into effect,” Mr Thompson mentioned.

The USP Convention is an agreement between member countries of USP which is aimed at legally embedding the University in member countries’ legislation and supplementing the University’s founding legal instruments of the Royal Charter and Statutes.

Its ratification will resolve ambiguities that have arisen regarding the legal status and operation of the University in each of the member countries. Additionally, the Convention confirms the operation of the University in each member country.
 


This news item was published on 23 Feb 2018 09:53:20 am. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email communications@usp.ac.fj


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