PINA-PIFS Forum Media Workshop Held in Pohnpei
Press Release #1609-03
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
September 13, 2016

Palikir, Pohnpei 6 September 2016 - In preparation of the 47th Pacific Island Forum (PIF) to kick off in the state of Pohnpei where the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia stands, on behalf of President Peter M. Christian, Vice President Yosiwo George delivered the keynote speech at a two day media workshop facilitated by the Pacific Island News Association in collaboration with PIFS.  The media training that took place at College of Micronesia (National Campus) was comprised of media representatives with extensive levels of local, regional and international experience.

The workshop brought together 20 participants from radio, television, print, web, including a journalist from an international publication. In his opening remarks, Vice President George welcomed the group of participants and highlighted the theme of this year's 47th PIF, "Small and Far: Challenges for Growth", and noted, "due to inherent geographic location, distance and “smallness”, Forum countries will continue to face challenges and barriers in areas of transportation, economic growth and development, foreign investment and other areas of mutual interests of importance to member countries of the Forum." The framework for Pacific Regionalism, economic growth and climate change were a few important issues that were highlighted, among others.

In light of the media training that has been a part of the Leader Forum for more than two decades, President of PINA, Mr. Moses Steven expressed that media not only plays an important role in news reporting but also in communicating discussions or decisions to the general public. The training provided an opportunity to advance quality journalism, and focus on a wide range of proponents throughout the region. 

Following Vice President George's remarks, several sessions took place during the two day workshop involving representatives of the government, PIFS Secretary General, Ms. Dame Meg Taylor; Deputy Secretary PIFS, Ms. Cristelle Pratt, Director General of Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), Mr. James Movick; Executive Director Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, Mr. Feleti Teo; Deputy Secretary Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Ms. Andie Fong, Director of Economic Governance, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Mr. Shiu Raj, Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, Mr. Quinton Devlin, Director General of the Pacific Community, Dr. Colin Tukuitonga; SIS Adviser with the PIFS, Mr. Alfred Schuster and members of the Civil Society.