Maluku Governor Said Assagaff – Supplied
Jayapura, Jubi – Melanesian countries in the South Pacific, including Fiji, are expected to take part in an Indonesian Melanesian conference scheduled to be held in September in Ambon, Maluku Province, Maluku Governor Said Assagaff said on Monday (29/8/2016).
He also said he had invited the Coordinating Minister of Politic, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto and the Minister of Internal Affairs Tjahyo Kumolo to attend the meeting.
“I asked Maluku Regional Secretary Hamin Bin Thahir who attended a meeting in Jakarta on 25 August 2016 to ask the ministers to come in the event,” he said.
Secretary Hamin’s presence in Jakarta was to talk about the readiness of Maluku to welcome fellow Melanesians from North Maluku, Papua, West Papua and East Nusa Tenggara.
“We are ready to be host the Melanesian meeting event. Hopefully it would run well because this meeting is very useful to reinforce and strengthen the inter-regions partnership in Indonesia, including those in the Melanesian group,” said the governor.
The meeting in Ambon is planned to be attended by the ambassador of several countries in the South Pacific area, as well as an initiative to start a coordination and consolidation between the government of five provinces in the Eastern region that integrated into Melanesian group. This meeting, further said the governor, would also be used to measure the potencies of each provinces, especially the top product and to open the possibility of export to other countries, therefore the Melanesian province could be a route of trade in Indonesia. (*/rom)