"A very good morning and a warm welcome from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
"On behalf of the Secretary General, I would like to acknowledge the Chair of PESC, Ms Viran Brown, The Acting High Commissioner of Vanuatu to Fiji, for agreeing to Chair the PESC. I would also like to thank and acknowledge the former CERT Chair, Mr. Toflilau Lae Siliva, the Deputy CEO Ministry of Finance, Samoa for his able chairing and guidance of the CERT that has now transitioned to PESC following the out-of-session endorsement of the PESC ToR by FEMM.
"This inaugural meeting of the PESC is an outcome of the 2022 FEMM where Ministers recognised the value of institutionalising a single, central platform to drive regional economic strategy formulation, coordination, and implementation of FEMM decisions. More importantly, the PEC will serve as a technical advisory arm of FEMM to provide oversight and ownership by members."
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