23rd September 08:37 AM
Indian Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference to be held in Suva next week
By Lena Reece
Thursday 18/05/2017
The Indian high Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal

Pacific Island Countries are some of the most vulnerable in the world to the effects of climate change and natural disasters.

This was stressed by the Indian high Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal at a press conference highlighting the focus of the Indian Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference that will be held next week, in Suva.

Sapkal adds that the two day conference will focus on issues such as the blue economy, adaptation-mitigation practices for climate change, disaster preparedness and health.

He says that the health systems in the Pacific Island Countries including Fiji represent great diversity and the conference will allow for more capacity building in the health systems and more opportunities for partnership and collaboration with Indian Healthcare sector.

He says that the conference is expected to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience, and initiate public private partnerships and collaborations for the benefit of all participating countries.

Sapkal also highlighted that the conference will include Ministers of Climate Change of 14 Pacific Island Countries in which they will engage in a wide range of issues including climate change.

The Indian Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference will be held on the 25th and 26th of this month in Suva.

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