Creating Skills for life
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About the Summit

The Pacific Skills Summit (25-26 June 2019) in Suva, Fiji, is a key deliverable under the Pacific Skills Partnership launched by His Excellency, Baron Divavesi Waqa, President of the Republic of Nauru at the 49th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders 2018 meeting. The Pacific Skills Partnership was established in recognition that a sustainable region will require skills and Pacific-led collaboration on skills-based, real-life outcomes for Pacific people and communities.

In support of the Blue Pacific vision for our region, and in alignment with objectives of Pacific development frameworks, in particular the Framework for Pacific Regionalism (FPR) and the Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF), the Pacific Skills Summit will:
  • Identify and assess existing skills development and labour market contexts in the Pacific;
  • Promote the importance of investing in skills development as a key contributor to addressing labour markets demands and needs;
  • Advance future skills development and investment; and
  • Advocate for the strategic importance of skills development in realising regional and global sustainable development efforts.


Purpose

In the spirit of the Blue Pacific, the inaugural Pacific Skills Summit is a regional platform to focus attention on the collaborative efforts and investments needed to secure skills for a sustainable and inclusive future.


Topics

The Administrative Note outlines the topics that will be covered at the Summit, including:

  • A Keynote Address delivered by His Excellency, Baron Divavesi Waqa, President of the Republic of Nauru
  • The Future of Work
  • The State of Pacific Skills
  • Pacific Skills for Emerging Regional Challenges
  • Skilling the Pacific: Addressing Gaps and Strengthening Standards
  • A Blue Pacific for All: Eliminating Barriers to Skills
  • Pacific 4.0: Next Generation Skills for the Blue Pacific
  • Going Digital: Pacific Skills and Literacy for Thriving in a Digital World
  • Next Gen Pasifika: Entrepreneurship and Leadership for a Skilled Region
  • Startups for Resilience: Towards a People-Centred, Entrepreneurship-Powered Pacific


Key Messages and Actionable Recommendations

Key Messages and Actionable Recommendations were made at the conclusion of Pacific Skills Summit on Wednesday 26 June and reflect a general consensus of the Summit. The Key Messages were delivered to the Summit by the Honourable Charmaine Scotty, Nauru Minister for Education, with the Actionable Recommendations delivered by the Honourable Taukelina Finikaso, Tuvalu Minister for Foreign Affairs.


Presentations

  1. Participant Info Kit – Pacific Skills Summit
  2. Plenary 3: Skilling the Pacific: Addressing Gaps and Strengthening Standards – Presentation by Dr Nikhat Shameem, Fiji Higher Education Commission
  3. Plenary 4: Pacific 4.0: Next Generation Skills for the Blue Pacific – Presentation by Dr Claire Nelson, The Futures Forum
  4. Plenary 4: Pacific 4.0: Next Generation Skills for the Blue Pacific – Presentation by Mr John Pora, Blue7Team | The Event Agency
  5. Parallel 2a: Next Gen Pasifika: Entrepreneurship and Leadership for a Skilled Region – Presentation by Ms Maria Ronna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi, The Greenhouse Studio
  6. Parallel 2b: Startups for Resilience: Towards a People-Centred, Entrepreneurship-Powered Pacific – Presentation by Ms Katerina Syngellakis, Global Green Growth Institute and Dr. Christopher Bartlett, Australia Pacific Climate Partnership
  7. Plenary 5: Going Digital: Pacific Skills and Literacy for Thriving in a Digital World – Presentation by Mr Nashon Adero, Kenyan Systems Thinker
  8. Plenary 5: Going Digital: Pacific Skills and Literacy for Thriving in a Digital World – Presentation by Ms Priscilla Kevin, ICT Management and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Consulting
  9. A Spotlight on Innovation – Presentation by Ms Alice Bio, Kiribati Institute of Technology
  10. A Spotlight on Innovation – Presentation by Ms Jan Parry, PLAN International Australia
  11. A Spotlight on Innovation – Presentation by Sir Moi Avei, Boera Holdings Limited
  12. Rapporteur Summary of Key Messages: Artistic Interpretations of the Pacific Skills Summit – Mr Tui Ledua, Kanalevu Animation and Illustration 


Videos

  1. Pacific Shift 2019
  2. Pacific Skills Summit 2019 – Closing Address by Prime Minister of Tuvalu
  3. A Spotlight on Innovation and Closing Session – Livestream
  4. Live Digital Illustration from Pacific Skills Summit
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