Prime Minister Mark Brown with the security team for the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting which starts on Monday next week. OPM/23110217
Rarotonga is putting the finishing touches on its preparations as leaders and officials begin to arrive from today for the week-long Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting starting on Monday.
Minister Mark Brown, who is also the chair of the Forum, visited the security
team yesterday and provided an update on the preparations. The Cook Islands
Police have been joined by a team of 10 officers from the New Zealand Police to
assist with the Forum’s security protocols.
have a big event coming up starting today and tomorrow with the arrival of
delegations and leaders. It’s a big event for our country, so we are grateful
for your support to boost our team in Rarotonga. It promises to be a very good
week for both us, the Cook Islands, and our region, the Pacific. It’s all go
from here,” Brown told the security team yesterday.
have been to see the team opening the ceremony at the National Auditorium. They
are still in preparation mode, but they will be ready. I have also met with the
cultural team that will be performing. They have been training and will also be
am glad I came here to see the security team, and I have no doubt and full
confidence that you will also be ready for this event. So all the best with
your time here, and hopefully we will not have any events that will disrupt
in-charge officer Taneao Ngamata said they have been running training scenarios
with the local team and with the vehicles to ensure that they are ready for the
week, which will start with leaders arriving ahead of the meeting.
also thanked the New Zealand Police force for their support.
Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting will be held from November 6 to 10.
annual meeting will kick off with Pacific sub-regional meetings between the
Melanesian Spearhead Group, Micronesian Presidential Summit, and Polynesia
official opening, which is open to the public, will take place on Monday night
at the National Auditorium.
two is packed with more meetings, including a meeting between the Forum leaders
and the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific heads. On Wednesday,
the leaders will depart for Aitutaki to participate in a retreat away from the
prying eyes of the media. On the final day, leaders will meet with Forum
Dialogue Partners, Forum Observers, civil society, and other guests.