PRIME Minister Rick Hou will chair the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) meeting in Honiara in July this year.
Last Friday, the Prime Minister was briefed on the progress of arrangements by the Secretary General of PIDF Francois Martel.
Mr Martel informed the Prime Minister that all preparations are well underway and that invitations for the participating countries have already been sent out.
Prime Minister Hou is expected to chair the PIDF Leaders’ Summit and Conference from the 4th-6th July.
The PIDF Meeting will coincide with the country’s 40th Anniversary celebrations as well as the Melanesian Arts Festival which will also be held in the first two weeks of July.
Solomon Islands is expected to host leaders of PIDF members namely Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Tonga, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Timor Leste and Palau.
Two non-state members the Pacific Island Association of Non-Governmental Organization (PIANGO) and the Pacific Island Private Sector Organization (PIPSO) are also expected to attend.
Invitations have also been extended to Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Niue and Cook Islands (non-PIDF Members) for the Summit and Biennial Conference.
Territories such as New Caledonia, Wallis&Futuna, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Pitcairn Island Leaders have also been invited.