Minister Maggie off to Korea

Saturday July 14, 2018 Written by Published in Politics
New cabinet minister George Maggie, pictured arriving at last week’s swearing-in ceremony at Government House. Maggie fl ew to his fi rst overseas meeting in South Korea earlier this week, with the hosts apparently picking up the tab. 18071352 New cabinet minister George Maggie, pictured arriving at last week’s swearing-in ceremony at Government House. Maggie fl ew to his fi rst overseas meeting in South Korea earlier this week, with the hosts apparently picking up the tab. 18071352

While a smoke signal in yesterday’s CINews might have beaten any official announcement to the punch, CINews can now confirm that cabinet minister George Maggie is currently on a government trip to South Korea, representing the Cook Islands in his capacity as minister of cultural development.

“The minister is attending the 8th Minister of Youth World Forum to be held in Busan, South Korea, at the invitation of their government,” said a statement from Terry Rangi, newly-appointed chief executive for Maggie’s office.

“The invitation was provided through the office of Culture head of ministry Anthony Turua for the minister to attend.

“His costs are donor-funded.”

Asked if there was any reason why Maggie’s fellow cabinet minister Albert Nicholas hadn’t been sent to the forum in his capacity as minister of youth, Rangi would only say, “Minister Nicholas was not able to attend.”

According to Rangi, Maggie, who was sworn in as a minister in the CIP government just over a week ago, travelled to South Korea without any Cook Islands representatives or support staff accompanying him and is due to return, “sometime just after the youth forum concludes”. The forum is taking place from July 15-22.

The Minister of Youth World Forum is supported by the International Youth Fellowship and the purpose of the forum is to focus on and address issues affecting youth at a global level, said Rangi.

“The forum will have a main meeting area as well as side meetings and presentations,” he added.

Last year’s Minister of Youth World Forum was also held in Busan, South Korea. In the past the forum has been attended by representatives of such countries as Brazil, Botswana, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Israel, Kenya, Kiribati, Mozambique, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia.

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