O’Neill praises role of Pacific Forum

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PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill says the Pacific Islands Forum is the premier organisation which promotes development and cultural engagement among the island nations.
He is in Apia for the 48th forum meeting which has the theme “Blue Pacific: Our sea of islands – our security through sustainable development, management and conservation”.
“I endorse the theme of this meeting that highlights the importance of the water that surrounds our countries,” O’Neill said.
“Healthy waterways are vital for the growth and development of our nations. Our waters must be protected through sustainable management, and Pacific Islands nations must continue to take leadership on these issues.”
O’Neill was received by Samoan counterpart Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi.
“It is a pleasure to be in Samoa to advance the PIF meeting agenda, with a very great friend of PNG, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi,” O’Neill said.
“The Pacific Islands Forum is the premier organisation for the promotion of development and cultural engagement between Pacific Islands nations.”
High on the agenda are discussions on the analysis of regional governance and finance, increased economic returns on fisheries, Pacific resilience partnership and climate change.

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