Small Island States: Suva, Fiji and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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Small Island States

  • We have only two diplomatic missions – in Suva, Fiji and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

  • Islands face similar challenges of socio-economic development as developing countries elsewhere

  • Climate change is a real and pressing concern for them.

  • Energy is a key priority as these islands are located far from known sources of oil and gas. The real choice revolves around the renewable sources

  • In August 2010, India had reiterated its commitment to the economic development of region and its greater integration with the Indian economy.

  • India needs to craft a comprehensive long-term strategy on development cooperation with the regions, keeping in view the geo-political trends

  • Interaction needs to be intensified through all channels – bilateral, regional and multilateral

  • India’s interaction with the Pacific Islands Forum should be expanded

  • Indian diaspora there

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