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Samoa becomes the regional hub of the Pacific this week as government officials from the region converge in Apia for three ministerial meetings.
The meetings include the Forum’s Smaller Island States (SIS), Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the Forum’s Foreign Ministers meetings. The meetings are being held at Taumeasina Island Resort.
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), which Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, is currently the Chairman, is playing a key role in this week’s proceedings.
Secretary General of PIFS, Dame Meg Taylor, told the Samoa Observer the meetings focus on how Pacific Island Forum members can continue to work on issues that benefit Pacific people.
“We are very pleased to be returning to Samoa for this week’s meetings of the Forum Foreign Ministers and the Forum Officials Committee,” Dame Meg said.
“Issues like the effects of climate change on our communities, increasing the benefits that flow from our fisheries, and ensuring the region has appropriate security arrangements for this moment in time.”
The Secretary General noted that Nauru’s theme for this year’s Forum Leaders meeting recognises the desire for collective action towards a strong Pacific region that charts its own course.
“And this is something that also lies at the heart of the Blue Pacific narrative that was emphasised at last year’s Forum here in Apia,” said Dame Meg.
SOURCE: SAMOA OBSERVER/PACNEWS
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