Augustus: Media partnerships vital for growing awareness, connections


Pacific journalists at the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) 2022 Media Workshop in Port Vila yesterday. Picture: SERA TIKOTIKOIVATU-SEFETI



Media partnerships are an important part of the region’s journey and narrative as a Pacific family, says Vanuatu’s director general, finance and economic management Letlet Augustus while opening the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) 2022 Media Workshop in Port Vila yesterday.

He said the skillset of media practitioners in ensuring information made sense to the people in Pacific languages was also an important part of growing awareness and connections to those leading economic recoveries.

“The Vanuatu FEMM is a historical moment for media and public access to this meeting. (Media) will have new access to the private sector and civil society dialogues.

“This bodes well for quality reporting of the FEMM as the space where we must set and share our plans for economic resilience and stability,” he told participants of the workshop organised by the Pacific Assistance Media Scheme, Pacific Islands News Association and the Pacific Islands Forum.

Wansolwara student editor and final-year journalism student at USP, Sera Tikotikoivatu-Sefeti. Picture: SUPPLIED

Wansolwara student editor Sera Tikotikoivatu-Sefeti was one of four journalists from the region selected by PIF to attend the masterclass and report on the FEMM proceedings in Vanuatu.

She said the opportunity to be part of the media workshop would upskill her journalism knowledge and training to report on FEMM fairly and accurately.

“The masterclass will enable and equip me with the right skills to understand and formulate questions relating to the economy and its impact on the community,” said the final-year journalism student at The University of the South Pacific’s Laucala campus, who is also a freelance writer for Islands Business.

“It would also upskill my knowledge on the various economic jargons and how to best relay this to the public.

“The workshop would also allow us access to leaders in decision-making roles, especially relating to economic development.”

PIF secretary-general Henry Puna said media partnerships helped cement awareness of the Forum and its members, on the importance of regionalism and leaving no one behind.

“The core message that as a sea of islands, we are stronger, when we are together. We are in unprecedented times and face unprecedented challenges and opportunities.

“The onus now lies with us to seize these opportunities and with it, heighten our visibility as an influential bloc at the global level,” he said in his opening remarks at the masterclass workshop.

The 2022 FEMM will take place from August 11-12 in Port Vila.

From left: Islands Business editor Samantha Magick, Pacific Islands News Association’s Pita Lagaiula, Fiji Television Limited’s Mereoni Mili (USP Journalism alumni) and Wansolwara‘s Sera Tikotikoivatu-Sefeti, who is also a freelancer for Islands Business. Picture: SUPPLIED


Media covering the FEMM with Vanuatu’s director general, finance and economic management Letlet Augustus (seated middle) and PIF Secretary General Henry Puna (seated right) in Port Vila, Vanuatu yesterday. Picture: SUPPLIED/SERA TIKOTIKOIVATU
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