Fiji to celebrate Melanesian Spearhead Group silvery jubilee

2013-03-12 05:50:10 GMT2013-03-12 13:50:10(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

SUVA, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Fiji will celebrate Melanesia Week from March 18 to 22, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), the Fijian government announced Tuesday.

The theme for the anniversary celebration is "25 years of Melanesian Solidarity and Growth" which also denotes the initials of MSG, said a statement from Fiji's Ministry of Information, adding the official launch of the anniversary celebration was in Port Vila, Vanuatu in January and this will be followed by national celebrations in respective MSG capitals. The culmination of the silver jubilee celebrations will be held in June to coincide with the 19th MSG Leaders Summit in Noumea, Caledonia.

To mark this significant event, Grand Chief Michael Somare, a pioneer and founder of the MSG, will be the chief guest at a three- day event to be convened at the University of the South Pacific ( USP) Laucala Campus in the capital of Suva, said the statement.

The planned activities will include cultural performances by USP students, public lectures, debates, Melanesia art and craft exhibition, traditional sport, documentaries on Melanesia and a fashion parade to showcase Melanesia fabric and style.

The second phase of the celebrations will be held over two days from March 21 at the Police Academy in Nasova and will feature displays of Fiji made products, food stalls and live displays by the Fiji Police Band.

"Citizens of Fiji and the general public are requested to join in these celebrations, support MSG achievements and Fiji's leadership of the MSG's by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama as chairman," said the statement.

As an intergovernmental organization, the MSG consists of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, as well as the FLNKS ( Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front) of New Caledonia.

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