Pacific Leaders Emphasize Flexibility and Regional Cooperation for a Prosperous Blue Pacific


THE Pacific Islands Forum Chair and Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Mark Brown, underscored the importance of flexibility and collaboration during the opening of the Forum Economic Minister’s Meeting in Fiji. He emphasized that Pacific nations must be willing to adapt to ensure the future prosperity of the Blue Pacific.

Brown highlighted that for Pacific regionalism to succeed, leaders must work together to identify common ground that aligns with the Leaders’ Vision. He urged leaders to seize the strategic opportunities ahead and stressed the significance of strategic engagement as a region.

“In light of ongoing regional processes, we have the chance to discover innovative approaches to maximize the benefits of regionalism,” Mr. Brown stated.

One of the key objectives for this year is the development of the 2050 Strategy Implementation Plan. Brown announced that they would soon provide an update on the progress made in crafting a comprehensive, locally-led document for consideration by the leaders in November.

PIF Secretary General Henry Puna and PIF Chair, Cook Islands PM Mark Brown. Photo supplied.

“While we have achieved significant milestones, there is still much work ahead of us. I urge all of us to have foresight and keep these crucial pending tasks in mind as we deliberate our prioritized agenda,” Mr. Brown added.

Henry Puna, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, acknowledged the remarkable progress made throughout the year. He called upon the Forum members to safeguard their priorities and not succumb to external interests in the region.

“As a Forum family, we have faced numerous challenges and changes while capitalizing on opportunities over the last 53 years,” Puna remarked.

The leaders emphasized the need for unity, adaptability, and self-determination as they work together to ensure the prosperity and sustainability of the Blue Pacific.

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