The CIRDAP Director General, Mr. Tevita G. Boseiwaqa went for fishing to the Pacific in early August 2017, not to catch fish literally but to capture the attention of development organisations as potential partners. He first attended the South Pacific Community (SPC) meeting in Noumea, New Caledonia towards the end of July where he met the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Mr Amena Yauvoli. Mr. Boseiwaqa extended an invitation to Mr. Yauvoli to attend the CIRDAP Governing Council (GC) meeting to be held in Manila in early October, 2017.
Mr. Boseiwaqa then met with the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), Mr. François Martel. This meeting a discussion for an MoU was raised for partnership. Besides this Mr. Martel was also invited to the GC meeting in Manila in October 2017. Later Mr. Boseiwaqa met the Director of PIANGO, the umbrella body of all NGOs in the Pacific. Again, their discussion ended with their agreement to the drawing up of an MoU between PIANGO and CIRDAP.
Meeting with Director, PIANGO
Mr. Boseiwaqa’s fishing expedition also included governments in the pacific. First, Mr. Boseiwaqa met the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Mereseinin Vuniwaqa, her Permanent Secretary, Mr. Josevata Koroivueta and senior staff before he called into the Ministry of Rural Development to meet with Mr. Meleti Bainimarama, the Permanent Secretary. He later met the Ministry Deputy Secretary, Mrs Loata Vakacegu. Mr. Boseiwaqa also had the opportunity to meet with the Solomon Island High Commissioner to Fiji, Mr. John Patteson Oti. Mr. Oti also acts on behalf of the Vanuatu government.
Meeting with H.E. High Commissioner of the Solomon Island in Fiji
Discussions on MoUs being drawn and signed up between CIRDAP and the three organisations in the Pacific demonstrate the CIRDAP Governing Council desire to extend membership to the Pacific. Two organisations, MSG and PIDF are expected to attend the 2017 GC meeting in Manila in October, 2017 as observers. Conclusively the fishing expedition allowed CIRDAP catch big fishes in the Pacific.
Meeting with SG/PIDF