Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Pacific called on to focus its collective energies

Dame Meg Taylor, speaking just ahead of the leaders' summit in Apia, says the Pacific faces significant challenges to realising its political and development ambitions.

She said the current context of global, political, economic and environmental uncertainty exacerbated this.

Dame Meg said, for instance, there was a huge gap in terms of the financing needed for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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Baki to discuss future of asylum seekers

Police Commissioner Gari Baki will meet with the heads of relevant government department and agencies to discuss the future of the asylum seekers living on Manus Island.

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/baki-discuss-future-asylum-seekers-64479

 

PNG’s first trade policy to be launched

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will be launching Papua New Guinea’s First National Trade Policy today (Aug 9).

Have your say about Regional Priorities

The PIFS Non-state Actors (NSA) Programme Unit is coordinating a Regional Civil Society Forum that will be held in the lead up to the event.  Ideas generated during the forum will be presented to Troika Leaders, i.e. the past (RMI), current (Palau) and future chair (PNG) of the Pacific Islands Forum. This is an opportunity for your voice to be heard.

U.S and Pacific explore platform for economic development engagement

The two day meeting at the Fijian Hotel on Yanuca Island will among other things explore how Pacific exporters can take advantage of the U.S Generalised System of Preferences (GSP).

Forum presented with five priority issues

The issues were identified by the recently created Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism and have been presented to the Forum Officials Committee meeting in Suva.

In May the Sub-Committee called for public proposals and received 68 proposals.

Dame Meg Taylor says the issues raised reflected community expectations of the role Forum leaders could play.

The five issues are increased economic returns from fisheries and maritime surveillance; climate change and disaster risk management; information and communication technology; West Papua and cervical cancer.

K500m funding deal between Pacific and Europe

The Pacific RIP amounts to EUR 166 million or more than  K500 million.

Forum Secretariat secretary general Dame Meg Taylor and the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr Neven Mimica signed the 11th EDF Pacific RIP

The Pacific RIP will benefit the 15 Pacific ACP countries (Cook Islands, Timor- Leste, Fiji, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu).