The official logo top right, features elements of the Cook Islands’ cultural heritage and natural environment, and represents the unity and diversity of the Pacific. MFAI/23050120
The date for the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting (PILFM) in the Cook Islands has been confirmed. The 52nd Forum Meeting, held in the Cook Islands for the first time since 2012, will take place between November 6 to 10.
The Forum is made
up of 18 member nations, one associate member (Tokelau), five observer nations,
and 21 dialogue partner nations. The Cook Islands is a founding member of the Forum.
Cook Islands Prime
Minister Mark Brown, who will chair the Forum Meeting, said the theme will be
“Our Voices, Our Choices, Our Pacific Way: Partner, Promote, Prosper”.
The official logo
for the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting features elements of the
Cook Islands’ cultural heritage and natural environment, and represents the
unity and diversity of the Pacific region.
“We have been
planning and consulting extensively to ensure our theme serves to inspire and
empower our leaders gathering and our hosting arrangements and facilities
provide a conducive environment for the deliberations of our Pacific leaders
and partners of the Pacific,” PM Brown said in a statement.
represents the collective voice and aspirations of our Pacific people,
highlighting the importance of promoting our unique Pacific Way, forging strong
partnerships, and driving prosperity in our region.
“The creative work
behind crafting the theme and designing our official logo has been a
collaborative effort with input across our community. It is an expression of
our shared vision for a resilient, sustainable, and prosperous Te Moana Nui a
Kiva - Blue Pacific Continent.”
Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) secretary Tepaeru Herrmann said in the
statement that the confirmed dates considered the international schedule of the
Pacific Leaders’ commitments, flights to and from the Cook Islands, and
Herrmann said the
Government was “committed to ensuring a successful and meaningful Forum that
will strengthen cooperation and address the pressing challenges facing our
“Just as we did in
2012 when we last hosted the Forum Leaders Meeting, we hope to engage our
people in as many aspects of the hosting as possible. MFAI will within the
coming weeks reach out to various stakeholders to ensure inclusive
participation by our communities and private sector, including on our Pa Enua,
in our delivery of PIFLM52,” she said.
“We look forward
to welcoming all Forum Leaders and delegates to our beautiful Cook Islands,
where we look forward to working together to shape a brighter future for our
Resort and Spa chief executive Andrew Whittaker said the PIFLM would be a
“great opportunity to showcase the Cook Islands, and Rarotonga in particular”.
“It’s a chance for
us to show that we do have the infrastructure for large events such as the Forum,
and we can be considered an alternative to some of the bigger Pacific Island
nations,” Whittaker said.
Whittaker said the
timing of the event was also useful for the tourism industry, as it would be
hosted during the “shoulder period”.
during a period where traditionally visitor numbers slow down a bit,” he said.
“It’s going to be
great seeing all the officials and leaders come here, and show them exactly
what the Cook Islands has to offer.”
Whittaker said it
was too early to say how many bookings the Edgewater would get as a result of
the event, but he expected it to be busy.
“We will be doing
a lot of pre-planning and training to ensure everything goes perfectly for our
guests,” he said.
facilitate communication and coordination among participants, the Government,
via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration as national coordinator for
PIFLM52, have developed a dedicated website www.piflm52.com which will contain
relevant information about the Forum, including key dates, contact information,
news updates, and logistical details.
The website can
also be found via MFAI’s website www.mfai.gov.ck and will be updated as
arrangements are finalised, with information becoming available to support
delegates and broader Cook Islands community participation.