Cook Islands PM Mark Brown with Pacific Media Team in Seoul, Korea. 23053010
Cook Islands Prime Minister and Pacific Forum Chair Mark Brown says preparations are well underway for the upcoming Forum Leaders meeting in November.
Brown told Pacific journalists in Seoul, the Forum Leaders
Meeting is a significant event for the Cook Islands and the region.
“All I can say is preparations are underway. We are ready to
host and we’re looking forward to having some really good outcomes from the
meeting that we’re going to be hosting in November.
“The team has been working flat out since Cook Islands was
confirmed in February to be the hosts. We’ve got a short amount of time, but I
am very confident that the Forum Leaders meeting we’re aiming for some very
good outcomes that everyone should be happy with,” PM Brown said in Seoul.
The 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting (PIFLM52)
will be held from 06 – 10 November in Rarotonga with the theme of “Our Voices,
Our Choices, Our Pacific Way: Promote, Partner, Prosper.”
“I think the theme reflects the interest of growing interest
in our region. It’s about listening to what we say and what we decide is best
for our region. We are seeing growing interest from countries like the U.S,
India now Korea, hosting summits for Leaders at very high level. The remainder
of our theme is to promote, partner, prosper.
He also said many governments in the region are facing
challenges after COVID-19.
“It’s an area of great concern to many of our people that
our governments are now having to try and find solutions for. So, for us, some
of our countries have graduated into high income status.
“It’s looking at partnerships to see how they can meet development
goals and address things like high cost of living as a result of events
occurring on the other side of the world, in Russia, Ukraine, said the Forum
Meanwhile, Cook Islands Prime Minister says the island
nation has not decided which country it will support to host the 2030 World
“Well, we know that both Korea and Saudi Arabia are putting
in very strong bids to host the expo. We have applied to the Bureau
International des Expositions (BIE) to enable us to vote.
“For the Cook Islands we will take very good careful
consideration and we will make our determination towards November when the
votes will be cast. But each country is able to choose who they will support
when it comes down to voting,” PM Brown said.
Busan in Korea is competing with Rome in Italy, Riyadh in
Saudi Arabia and Odesa in Ukraine to host the World expo in 2030.