Finance minister in Fiji meetings

Saturday July 23, 2016 Written by Published in Politics
Finance minister Mark Brown with his Fijian counterpart Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the regional aviation and fi nance ministers meeting in Fiji earlier this week. 16072237 Finance minister Mark Brown with his Fijian counterpart Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the regional aviation and fi nance ministers meeting in Fiji earlier this week. 16072237

FINANCE minister Mark Brown was one of the ministers from around the region who signed a joint submission to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Fiji earlier this week to ensure Pacific voices are better heard in international meetings.

 

In a low-key visit, Brown attended the Pacific Aviation and Finance Ministers meetings which was also attended by representatives from the host country Fiji, Nauru, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

Brown was accompanied by Airport Authority chief executive officer Joseph Ngamata who attended the aviation meeting.

The ministers signed a joint submission which is expected to allow them to have a better say on discussions relating to carbon emissions from the aviation sector.

In an interview with the Fiji Sun, Brown said there was an opportunity for Pacific island countries to look collectively at the challenges facing them in terms of transportation both on the sea and in the air.

As these countries were developing in terms of industries such as tourism, the importance of air links were becoming more and more important.

“On top of that, the compliance requirements now not just for the carbon emissions programme but also the safety obligations that are now being imposed on countries, are important matters that we collectively have to try and discuss,” Brown said.

“We have to work towards achieving these standards and a much easier way around it rather than individually, because it’s far better to look at it from a collaborative perspective.”

Brown later attended the Pacific Finance Ministers Meeting which ended on Thursday with the signing of a joint outcome from the participating ministers.

Keynote speakers at the finance ministers meeting talked on climate financing, multilateral agency funding (World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Asia Development Bank), debt management and the Fijian tax regime.

Brown is expected back home today.

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