APIA, SAMOA – MONDAY 13 JUNE 2016: The Pacific Immigration Directors Conference (PIDC) has re-located its offices to Apia and the Agreement was signed last Friday between the Organisation and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.
PIDC’s annual general meeting July 2015 in Apia, endorsed Samoa’s offer to host the secretariat. The organisation has been granted diplomatic immunity and the order to recognize its legal status in Samoa has been promulgated by the Head of State on the advice of Cabinet.
Signing for PIDC was the Chairperson of the IPDC Management Board, Vaosa Epa and Vice Chairman Damian Chadwick.
“The increase in illegal activities in relation to people movements, drugs and arms smuggling, there is an imperative need for immigration authorities in the region to engage mutually to manage the Pacific gateways to ensure the safety of borders and thereby contributing to the broader regional objectives of security, economic growth, sustainable development and good governance,” said Tuilaepa after the agreement was signed.
“In more ways than one, Samoa’s bid to host the PIDC headquarters portrays our commitment to supporting PIDC’s vision of border integrity across the Pacific as well as contributing to fostering multilateral cooperation within our respective territorial frontiers.
“The Government and people of Samoa welcome PIDC to our shores, and as evident by the swift execution of necessary documents to facilitate a smooth transition from Suva to Apia, we likewise will continue to render support and fostering of our mutual relationship.”
PIDC’s Vice Chairman Damian Damien Jacklick of the Marshall Islands acknowledged the Samoan governments support.
“Your support and approval signifies the value of our relationship and the recognition of the role that PIDC plays in bringing together the states and territories of the Pacific for the common interest of protecting our borders.”