16 May 2013

Officials prepare for next month's MSG summit

7:40 pm on 16 May 2013

Senior officials with the Melanesian Spearhead Group have been meeting in Vanuatu's capital this week to finalise the agenda of the annual MSG leaders summit next month in New Caledonia.

The chairman of the MSG Senior Officials meeting, Amena Yauvoli, who is also Fiji's permanent secretary of Foreign Affairs, says issues for the agenda include the MSG trade agreement and the group's chairmanship.

"There are other issues relating to memberships, associated memberships and observers. We are aware that there are a number of organisatins that are applying to become members of MSG and we are deliberating on those. And there are some minor issues relating to the secretariat that would improve the operations of the secretariat."

Amena Yauvoli in Port Vila.

A formal decision on a bid for full MSG membership by the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation is expected to be made at the June summit.