Vote of Thanks by Mr. Keutekarakia Mataroa, the Acting Chairman and Head of Delegation, PIANGO and the Executive Member of the Cook Islands Civil Society Organisations Inc at Third PIDF Leaders Summit, 2-4 September 2015
The Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister, The Government of the Republic of Fiji, and Chair, of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Governing Council;
Your Excellency, General Thanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, Our Chief Guest for this morning,
Distinguished Government Leaders and your Delegations
Ambassadors and High Commissioners;
Members of the Diplomatic Corps;
Guests & Participants;
Ladies & Gentlemen.
Kia Orana and Bula to you All.
I am indeed privileged and grateful to be invited to propose a Vote of Thanks at this Opening Ceremony, of the Third PIDF Leaders Summit, this morning. Indeed a pleasure
On behalf of the Cook Islands Civil Society Organisation Inc (CICSO) and the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organisation (PIANGO), and the entire audience in attendance, I wish to extend a very hearty Vote of Thanks to:
The Hon Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of The Government of the Republic of Fiji, and Chair, of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Governing Council; and His Excellency, General Thanasak Patimapragorn, Our Chief Guest for this morning, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand; for your respective opening remarks and shared vision, of a people centred approach towards COP21, in Paris
It will also be a remiss of me if I didn’t recognise and acknowledge on your behalf Ladies and Gentlemen, the Hon Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Fiji, The Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, and his Government, for hosting this Third PIDF Leaders Summit.
Mr Chairman, Hon Prime Minister, Ladies and Gentlemen, an event like this cannot happen overnight. The wheels of momentum started rolling months ago, the Planning and a Birds’ Eye View for details, and we are fortunate enough to be backed by a team of very motivated and dedicated colleagues of the PIDF and the Government of the Republic of Fiji, who are well versed with their duties and are result orientated.
I cannot thank everyone enough for their involvement and their willingness to take on the completion of tasks beyond their comfort zones, and as Gladys Bronwyn Stern quotes; Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone, Ladies and Gentlemen, I now seek your humble concurrence by loud acclamation, our sincere appreciation to all involved with the hosting of this significant event.
The articulated vision of PIDF, creates a space and a forum where we can engage freely amongst ourselves to determine policy priorities of national importance to our respective island nations and united by our goal of enhancing the welfare and prosperity of Pacific peoples through sustainable development and our aspirations for the FUTURE WE WANT and the PACIFIC WE WANT to include;
- People centred development
- Promoting the aspirations and vision of the PI peoples
- Inclusivity, belonging and shared ownership
- Multi-stakeholder governance at all levels including civil society
- Affirming Pacific spirituality as foundation of nurturing and building resilience in Pacific communities
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
In closing, I recite my words of endearment in my closing remarks at the Second Regional Workshop on the PIDF Agreement, 9 July 2015, That this is a new baby, and we nurture it and let it grow by “breast feeding” it to adulthood as it embraces and encompasses, Governments, Civil Society/NGOs and the Private Sector.
May I now close with a quote from Albert Pine, Quote; “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal”
Kia Orana, Kia Manuia and Vinaka Vakalevu
Thank you and Blessings Everyone.