2016 PIDF Summit
The Leaders’ Summit was held on 12 – 13 July 2016 at the Kitano Hotel, Honiara, Solomon Islands. The theme of the Summit was titled, ‘Steward for Healthy Oceans & Healthy Nations.’ The 2016 PIDF Leaders’ Summit was the first meeting of Leaders under the new governance structure since the entry into force of the PIDF Charter on the 4th of September, 2015.
The welcome address was made by Prime Minister Hon. Mannasseh Sogavare of the Solomon Islands and the Prime Minister of Fiji, Hon. Josaia V. Bainimarama was Chief Guest and opened the Summit.
Some of the notable Outcomes of the Summit included:
The Summit appointed the Honorable Manasseh Sogavare Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands as the new Chair for the PIDF for 2016-2017. He takes over from the Honorable Josaia Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji who has been the chair since the inaugural meeting of the PIDF in 2013
The Summit welcomed the PIDF‟s newest member, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. The Honorable Hernani Coelho da Silva, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste signed the Instrument of Accession during the Summit on July 13th 2016 making Timor Leste the 13th member of the PIDF.