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South Pacific Finance Mins. Consultation Advisory

South Pacific Finance Ministers Consultation Advisory

Media Advisory

South Pacific Civil Society Consultation on the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting

13 - 14 June 2002, Fiji Nurses Association Buiding

Attention Editors:

On Thursday 13th June to Friday 14th June, a South Pacific Civil Society Consultation on the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting (CFMM) will be held at the Fiji Nurses Association Building Conference Room, 26 McGregor Road, Suva, Fiji Islands. The Commonwealth Foundation and the Pacific Concerns Resource Centre (PCRC) is organising the event.

Participants to the event include representatives of civil society, government, development agencies, unions, parliamentarians and the media.

Speakers and Panelists include:

1. Peceli Vocea, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance

2. Stan Vandersyp, Director of Development and Economic Planning Division, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

3. Claire Slatter, Development Alternatives for Women (DAWN)

4. Biman Chand, USP Lecturer of Economics and academic

5. Mere Falemaka, Trade Policy Adviser, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

6. Reverend Akuila Yabaki, Citizens Constitutional Forum

7. Colonel Metuisela Mua, Conservative Alliance Matanitu Vanua Party

(Please see programme attached)

Commonwealth civil society organisations have been invited to present to the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting (CFMM) in London from 24-26 September their views and recommendations on the special theme of the 2002 CFMM - Delivering the Monterrey Consensus. The overall theme of the CFMM is Stability, Growth and Poverty Reduction.

This South Pacific Consultation is part of a series of national/sub-regional consultations convened by the Commonwealth Foundation in collaboration with host organisations in Africa, the Caribbean, South America and the South Pacific. Each consultation is expected to identify key issues and concerns related to the special theme of the 2002 CFMM and to recommend strategies and actions to be taken by the Commonwealth Finance Ministers.

WE INVITE A JOURNALIST FROM YOUR MEDIA ORGANISATION TO COVER THE SESSIONS OF THE CONSULTATION ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, 13-14 JUNE.

For more information please contact Stanley Simpson on Phone: (679) 3304 649

Mobile: 9259 643

Day 1 Thursday 13 June 2002

8.30 am Welcome and Introductions - Stanley Simpson, Assistant Director - Pacific News Bulletin, Pacific Concerns Resource Centre

9.00 am An Overview of the Monterey Consensus and the Millenium Development Goals

Speakers: Ms. Linda Petersen & Mr. Shashi Kant Nair, UNDP

9.45 am - Discussions

10. 15 am - Morning Tea

10.30 am Financing for Development: Fiji's national situation and the Monterey Consensus

Speaker: Mr. Peceli Vocea, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Fiji Ministry of Finance

11.15 am - Discussions

12. pm Lunch (lunch will be provided)

1.00 pm Pacific Island Forum's policies and programmes and linkages to the Monterrey Consensus

Speaker: Mr. C. J. Stan Vandersyp, Director of Development and Economic Policy Division, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

1.45 pm - Discussions

3. pm Afternoon Tea

3. 15 pm Workshops: The role of Civil Society in delivering the Monterey Consensu

Day 2 Friday 14 June 2002

8.30 am - Panel Discussion: Aid and Trade: The way forward for development in the region

Speakers: Claire Slatter (DAWN & USP History/Politics), Mere Falemaka (Trade Policy Adviser Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat), Biman Chand (Lecturer in Economics, USP)

9.30 am - Discussion

10.00 am - Morning Tea

10.15 am - Financing for Development in times of conflict: How can the international community best respond

Speakers: Citizens Constitutional Forum (Reverend Akuila Yabaki), Colonel Metuisela Mua (Conservative Alliance Party)

11.00 am - Discussion

12 p.m - Lunch

1.00 pm - Working Groups: Discussion on recommendations to Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting

3.pm Afternoon Tea

3.15 am Reporting and Adoption of recommendations

ENDS


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