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Puna, Brown in Fiji for Forum meetings

Monday July 22, 2019 Written by Published in National
PM Henry Puna. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades/19072111 PM Henry Puna. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades/19072111

The implementation of the Boe Declaration on regional security will be one of the agenda items at the Pacific Islands Forum Meetings to be held in Suva, Fiji this week.

Prime Minister Henry Puna and his deputy Mark Brown are attending the four-day meetings which start today.

The Boe Declaration which was signed last year in Nauru emphasises regional security and action on transnational crimes such as drug trafficking in the regional waters, including the Cook Islands exclusive economic zone.

The West Papua issue is also an agenda alongside discussions on strengthening Blue Pacific advocacy and engagement on the global stage.

The Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting which will be held on Thursday, begins with the Forum Officials Meeting today, followed by a Special Economic Ministers Meeting.

The Forum Officials Committee oversees the work of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, and this year it will consider issues under the themes of “Securing our Future in the Pacific” including fisheries, climate change, and security and maritime boundaries. The committee is composed of one senior-official level representative from each of the 18 members of the Pacific Islands Forum.

According to a statement from the Forum Secretariat, the economic ministers will meet (out of session) to consider the detailed proposal for the Pacific Resilience Facility, a large regional development financing initiative, requested by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders in 2017 to enhance preparedness against natural and climate related disasters.

“Finance ministers and/or their delegates from all 18 Pacific Islands Forum member countries will attend the meeting. Associate members and development partners will attend as observers to Special Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting,” the statement said.