Ministers at home this week

Monday October 23, 2017 Written by Published in Local

After attending various meetings overseas last week, the government’s Cabinet ministers are expected to remain in Rarotonga this week.

 

Finance minister Mark Brown was in Fiji last week to attend the United Nations Climate Change Ministerial Dialogue, known as Pre-COP, in Nadi.

Pre-COP 2017 is designed primarily as a series of closed sessions for political leaders and key advisers.

Brown returned home last week and according to his staff, he has no overseas travel plans this week.

Agriculture minister Kiriau Turepu was also out of the country attending a conference in Vanuatu last week.

The inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture in Port Vila was aimed not just at improving the farming practices of Pacific Islanders but also their health.

The organisers say the region’s high rate of non-communicable diseases is directly linked to a shift away from traditional produce and an increase in imported processed foods in diets.

The conference also highlighted the danger of climate change and in particular the rise of destructive winds that affect agriculture.

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