Solomon Islanders are encouraged to apply for the Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue (EPLD) 2010 as the closing date gets closer.

Julie Haro, vice chair of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and former participant in the Commonwealth Study Conference (CSC) 2003 said; "the Commonwealth Study Conference was a life changing experience, I strongly encourage people to apply."

The EPLD is the Pacific version of the CSC initiated by alumnus in the region including Australia and New Zealand.

Julie who attended the CSC 2003 said successful applicants will learn a lot of new ideas and motivated to be innovative in their careers.

"It has given me more confidence to run my own business, Premier Real Estate and Property Management, and helped to develop my own leadership potential. I had the opportunity to meet, interact and learn from other leaders around the Commonwealth nations which was a once in a life time opportunity."

Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue 2010 (EPLD) is scheduled to take place from 11th to 23rd March 2010 - opening in Samoa and closing in Tonga. It is an event of national and regional significance and is designed to inspire and uplift individuals with proven leadership experience or potential to contribute to leadership and governance in the Pacific Region, the long term development and stability of the region and promote regional understanding and co-operation.

Julie said, "The EPLD Organising Committee is looking for high calibre candidates who are already on the path to senior leadership to apply for EPLD 2010. If you are even slightly interested, I would encourage you to apply."

"This is a wonderful opportunity to interact and network with other leaders from around the Pacific including, Australia, Cook Islands, PNG, New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu and many others," she said.

"Participants will also have the opportunity to be involved in a group study tour to one of the Pacific Nations to examine discuss and report on current strategic issues across the Pacific."


The ELPD 2010 organising committee has advised all interested individuals to go to the EPLD website:, where applications can be directly downloaded. The local organising committee could be contacted by email on