Prime Minister Mark Brown. Picture: AL WILLIAMS/23031009
Prime Minister Mark Brown will be launching the inaugural Cook Islands National Security Policy and hosting a two-day regional workshop on National Security Strategies at The Edgewater Resort on Monday (today).
“This document, our first National Security Policy,
provides an integrated, overarching framework for our national security
effort,” Prime Minister Brown said in a statement.
“I see it serving as a benchmark for those other
Pacific nations who are considering a similar undertaking, in keeping with our
long-held traditions of cooperation and knowledge sharing throughout the
The regional workshop will be attended by more than
two dozen high-level representatives and security experts from around the
Pacific, in addition to the country’s national security director Maara Tetava
Ariki, Pacific Islands Forum secretary general Henry Puna, local Cook Islands
Cabinet Ministers, members of the Ui Ariki, New Zealand and Australian High
Commissioners, and other participants from both home and abroad.
The Pacific nations to be represented at the
workshop include New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Niue, Papua New
Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands, Palau, Tuvalu, Nauru and
the United States.
Several major regional organisations will also be
represented, including the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the
Australia Pacific Security College, the Asia Pacific Centre for Security
Studies, the Pacific Fusion Centre, and the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police.
Director Tetava said the workshop will be looking
at how to deliver “the best security solutions available to keep our countries
and our region safe and secure”.
“Together we must collectively navigate the complex
and evolving security challenges facing our peoples and our nations across the
Tetava, who is also the country’s former police
commissioner, acknowledged “the generous assistance of the Australia Pacific
Security College, particularly Dr Henry Ivarature and his team” for their
funding and logistical support in developing the National Security Policy and