Fiji national consultation on technical vocational education and training focuses on energy security and climate change PDF Print E-mail

Joint media alert


29 June 2015


Suva, Fiji – Education and training practitioners from throughout Fiji will gather in Suva this week for a national consultation aimed at identifying priority training needs in the areas of sustainable energy and climate change adaptation.


They will attend a workshop from 1 to 3 July at The University of the South Pacific (USP) as part of a Regional Training Needs and Gap Analysis for the European Union (EU)-funded Pacific Technical and Vocational Education and Training (PacTVET) Project.

The event will be opened by the Minister for Education, Heritage & Arts – Hon Dr M Reddy and Mr Renato Mele, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation for the Pacific.


The project is being jointly implemented by USP and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and aims to enhance the technical capacity of 15 Pacific countries – including Fiji – to respond to sustainable energy and climate change adaptation challenges.  Similar consultation workshops are taking place in the other participating countries.


Seven million people out of the region’s ten million people still do not have access to electricity which can be attributed to a lack of on the ground capacity and resources for training institutions, factors which this project intends to overcome in order to improve energy security and improve resilience to the impacts of climate change. 


This consultation will be used to schedule project activities in Fiji for the remainder of the project. Findings will be presented to key national stakeholders at a meeting forming part of the wider Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy steering group in October this year. It will lead to the development of new TVET qualifications in climate change and sustainable energy.


MEDIA ACCESS: Media representatives are invited to attend the opening session on Wednesday 1 July at 9:00am featuring the Minister for Education, Heritage & Arts, Honourable Dr. M Reddy and the Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation for the Pacific, Mr. Renato Mele, as well as stake holders from various government ministries, UNDP, Fiji Red Cross, IUCN Oceania, WWF, GIZ and others. 


Time: 9.00-10.15am, 1 July 2015 (Opening of the Consultation Workshop); programme continues until 5pm on Friday 3 July.

Venue: USP, Japan ICT Centre, Upper Campus, Suva, Fiji


Media contacts

Dr Sarah Hemstock , Team Leader PacTVET Project, Economic Development Division, SPC  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Telephone: (679) 8041208

Ms Rebecca von Schreeb, Press Officer, Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Telephone: (679) 331 3633



Pacific-first centre of excellence for renewable energy and energy efficiency takes shape PDF Print E-mail

Thursday 18 June 2015 



Suva, Fiji – The Pacific Islands will soon have a regional centre of excellence in renewable energy and energy efficiency to support efforts to accelerate the adoption of feasible renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies across the region.    


The hosting arrangement for the centre is being discussed this week at the Vienna Energy Forum being held by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in Austria from 18 to 20 June.


At the international forum, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) will provide an update on behalf of the Pacific delegation on progress to establish the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.


In April 2014, Pacific Ministers for Energy and Transport agreed to establish the centre – a first for the Pacific – that will become part of UNIDO’s network of regional Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Centres of Excellence, along with centres for the Caribbean Community, Economic Community of West African States, the Southern African Development Community and the East African Community.


Renewable energy currently represents less than 10 per cent of total energy use in the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories.


While Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa are leading the way with large-scale hydropower projects, there is enormous potential to expand the deployment of other renewable energy options such as solar, wind, geothermal and ocean-based energy sources.


The Pacific centre will work towards the creation of an enabling environment for regional renewable energy and energy efficiency markets by mitigating existing barriers.


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