Preparations for the upcoming 20th Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders Summit in Honiara, Solomon Islands is well underway.

The Summit will begin on June 17 with the MSG Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), to be followed by the MSG Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) on June 22 and the MSG Leaders Summit on June 24.

A Government Planning Taskforce headed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) has held a series of preparatory meetings in past weeks to deliberate on arrangements for the Summit.

Vice Chair of the Taskforce, Mr Cornelius Walegerea said his team is moving closer to finalising major areas including accommodation, meeting venues, transportation, and security and catering services for the Summit.

Solomon Islands was given the opportunity to host the 20th MSG Leaders’ Summit at the last meeting in June 2013 in Noumea, New Caledonia.

The MSG is an intergovernmental organization made up of the four Melanesian states of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu, and the Kanak Socialist National Liberation Front of New Caledonia.


Source: Press Release, Govenment Communications Unit