Pacific leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva Photo: RNZ/ Samuel Rillstone
Cook Islands received financial boost from New Zealand to support the hosting of the Pacific Island Forum Leaders Meeting in 2023.
Zealand will provide $200,000 to support the Cook Islands’ assumption of the
Pacific Island Forum Leaders (PIFL) chair responsibilities and hosting of the
Forum meeting next year.
announcement was made by New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta during her
first ministerial visit to the Cook Islands last month. Mahuta also announced
$7.5 million in climate finance and $3.8 million in health support through the
Polynesian Health Corridors Programme available to the Cook Islands, Niue,
Tokelau, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu.
of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI), Tepaeru Herrmann in
a statement said: “Minister Mahuta’s visit afforded an opportunity to discuss
regional priorities including the Cook Islands assumption of PIFL Chair
responsibilities and hosting of the next meeting.”
as we did when we hosted the PIFL meeting in 2012, the Cook Islands will be
looking to lift ambition and effort in regional co-operation to support PIF
members, including the Cook Islands, deal with unprecedented challenges
confronting our Pacific people,” said Herrmann, who is also the Special Envoy
to the Pacific Islands Forum.
Islands’ decision to host the Forum meeting was announced in July. The
newspaper then made attempts to contact Herrmann about the process which led to
Cook Islands receiving the nod to host the regional event. It also asked about
the cost of hosting the event.
country last hosted the Pacific Islands Forum in 2012, and it is understood to
have cost close to $1 million.
an earlier statement Prime Minister Mark Brown said: “I do not downplay the
challenge of hosting Forum Leaders next year, particularly given the trials of
the last two years as a result of Covid-19.”
will also have support from our development partners to assist with the cost of