PORT VILA, VANUATU (20 October 2022): Senior staff of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat listened in on a presentation yesterday by the new Vanuatu-based Pacific Fusion Centre.

MSG Secretariat Director General, Leonard Louma welcomed the PFC team saying any efforts at potential collaboration on mutually beneficial areas was most welcomed.

“We do not exist by ourselves we are part of the Blue Pacific continent and as such our activities must be conducted in a way that we complement each other,” DG Louma said.

“As we embark on finalising our own MSG Regional Security Strategy (RSS), let us examine where we can develop appropriate cooperative and joint arrangements with the Fusion Centre, in ways that strengthens our plans and what we envisage under the RSS,” DG Louma added.

Centre Director, James Movick, informed the Secretariat team that they deliver training and strategic analysis against security priorities identified by Pacific Island Forum Leaders in the 2018 Boe Declaration on Regional Security.

“I believe the more we can talk amongst ourselves and share ideas the better it is that we can inform our Members and formulate our paths forward for the betterment of our region,” he said.

Part of the discussion was the important role that can be played by MSG in progressing a subregional approach to complementing the Centre’s mandates, one of which is to assist decision-making and strengthening regional responses to shared security threats and vulnerabilities through its strategic assessments.

Caption: The Pacific Fusion Centre staff with the senior team of the MSG Secretariat.

Source: MSG FB Page

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