From the Director General's desk

The Director General is responsible for the overall management of the Secretariat assisted by four divisional Directors.  This responsibility comes with certain obligations and authorities.  Foremost is the obligation to ensure the Secretariat is financially sound as a going concern and that it has the capacity to continue to function effectively in the service of its members.  There is also an obligation to ensure the assets and resources of the Secretariat are properly looked after and they are kept in a condition that assures functionality and durability.  

Decisions regarding expenditure of funds and day-to-day administrative requirements of the Secretariat are delegated authority and are conferred on the Director General by the Governing Body.  This also includes the authority to recruit staff up to the Deputy Director General. 

 

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In recent months, the Secretariat has been working on reformatting its website and I’m pleased that the new-look website is up and running and already receiving very positive feedback from users, some of them high level users, within a short period of time since the new format was constructed earlier this year.  This is a welcome gesture which adds to the social capital of the MSG and acknowledges the commitment of the Secretariat to conduct its business with the best tools and systems.  The new website is a testament to the Secretariat’s desire to deliver high standards of service for its members. 

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The recent meetings supporting the Special Leader’s Summit that were held during 15 – 30 March in Suva Fiji were my first peak meetings since assuming the position of the Director General in September last year.  In total there were nine meetings including the Summit and as is to be expected, the preparations and arrangements were going to be taxing.  But showing it has capacity to host bigger and numerous consecutive meetings, the Government of Fiji made an excellent showing with all meeting arrangements met satisfactorily to the extent that all the meetings concluded successfully.  These meetings included the Special MSG Police Commissioners Conference (PCC), the first Border Control Conference (BCC), the Subcommittee on Security, Subcommittee on Legal and Institutional Issues (SCLII), Trade and Economic Officials Meeting, Senior Officials Meeting, Foreign Ministers Meeting and the Leaders’ Summit.  A workshop on the proposed MSG Humanitarian and Emergency Response Force (HERF) was also part of this series of meetings. 

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The MSG continues to face a multitude of economic and social development challenges, most of which will need to be effectively addressed at the national level.  However, the MSG offers an opportunity for its membership to discuss these issues and find common approaches and solutions on addressing them.  The current EuroZone debt crisis and its potential effects on the global economy could spillover to the MSG region.  Macro-economic policy responses to its potential effects could be discussed and shared amongst the membership.  Similarly, economic and structural reforms have been pursued by members for over a decade, with some members performing remarkably well in relation to policy implementation in a number of areas.

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Our Organisation
The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) is a dynamic and rising regional organization grouping together the Republic of Fiji, the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Republic of Vanuatu and the Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS) of New Caledonia. Altogether MSG has Five Members that share similar cultural heritage and ties and are in agreement to work together for the common interests and solidarity of their people in Melanesia.

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