The University of the South Pacific (USP) received a courtesy call from the newly appointed Pacific Islands Forum (PIFS) Secretariat Deputy Secretary General Esala Nayasi.
USP Deputy Vice-Chancellor Regional Campuses and Global Engagements, Dr Giulio Masasso Paunga, Development Cooperation Coordinator Aneet Kumar, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, Professor Jito Vanualailai and Chief Operating Officer Walter Fraser were present to receive and meet with Mr Esala Nayasi and his delegation from PIFS.
PIFS Deputy Secretary General, Mr Esala Nayasi, said he had had two weeks to learn the ropes after his appointment to the position. He is now working to meet with the head of CROP Missions that include USP, the Pacific Community (SPC), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP), Pacific Power Association (PPA), Pacific Aviation Safety Office and Forum Fisheries Agency.
Mr Nayasi was accompanied by PIFS Acting Director Policy, Mr Joel Nilo, Engagement Adviser, Ms Nikola Komailevuka and Communications Team Leader, Caroline Bergman- Hart.
Mr Nayasi discussed the Forum Secretariat’s plans for the phases towards the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.
USP Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Regional Campuses and Global Engagements, Dr Giulio Paunga, assured USP’s support through the various research in the fields that can help shape the policies that will be considered for the work towards 2050.
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat will now work towards securing a date to present the phases to the USP Senior Management Team.