Mr Winston Thompson, USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council and His Excellency Ratu Tui Cavuilati, the Roving Ambassador at Fiji’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs following the announcement earlier today.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) further embedding within its 12 member countries will soon be formalised with the imminent coming into effect of the USP Convention on 16 June 2018.
This following the deposit of two more Instruments of Ratification with the Government of Fiji, through His Excellency Ratu Tui Cavuilati, the Roving Ambassador at Fiji’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 17 May 2018.
Tuvalu and Vanuatu became the 6th and 7th member countries respectively to ratify the USP Convention.
In accordance with provisions of the USP Convention, Ratu Tui formally announced that the USP Convention will come into effect on 16 June 2018, 30 days from the day of deposit of the 6th ratification.
“With the deposit of these two additional ratifications I wish to convey the Fiji Government’s congratulations and well wishes to USP and its member countries,” Ratu Tui stated.
Mr Winston Thompson, USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council firstly acknowledged the Government of Fiji for its continued strong support over the years.
“Fiji is USP’s home base and we would not have fulfilled our responsibilities without Fiji’s very strong support and the Government of Fiji being the depository for our Convention, which consolidates the University’s full legality within our member countries, we again express our deep appreciation,” Mr Thompson stated.
He further stated that the increasing momentum demonstrated the continuing support from USP’s member countries for the ongoing operations of the University in each member country.
“The USP Council is grateful to its member countries for this significant achievement as we celebrates our 50th anniversary this year,” Mr Thompson said.
The remaining country, Niue, will sign at the USP Council in Nauru on 22-23 May 2018.
Prior to May 2018, the University received 5 ratifications from Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa and Nauru.
The Government of Fiji is the depository of the USP Convention in accordance with its provisions and this is facilitated by the Office of the Roving Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The USP Convention is a proposed agreement between the University and its member countries which is aimed at legally embedding the University in member countries and supplementing the University’s founding legal instruments of the Royal Charter and Statutes.
As each member country financially supports the University and is, through its Minister of Education, actively engaged in the governance of the University, the Convention is seen as a simple way of promulgating and supporting the on-going operations of the University and as a means of ensuring that it continues to deliver a valuable educational service to its member countries.
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