Pacific Islands Forum special leaders retreat underway in Fiji


Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has arrived in Fiji yesterday for the Pacific Islands Forum Special Leaders Retreat.

Fiji’s Prime Minister and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), Sitiveni Rabuka is preparing to mark a milestone moment in regionalism. He welcomes Leaders to Fiji for the Pacific Islands Forum Special Leaders Retreat.

Continuing the theme of “Reflection, Renewal, Celebration”, the Special Leaders Retreat will be held today and tomorrrow in Denarau, Nadi and will focus on Forum solidarity.

The meeting will also see the transition of the Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum from Fiji to the Cook Islands—the Hon. Mark Brown, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands will look to host the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in the fourth quarter of 2023.

“It has been an honour and a privilege for the Government of Fiji to have carried the role of Forum Chair,” said PM Rabuka.

“I am very pleased that we were able to contribute to ensuring the ongoing solidarity of our Forum Family and I look forward to welcoming Forum Leaders to Nadi next week,” he said.

Ahead of the Leaders Retreat, there will be a meeting of the Forum Officials Committee that met yesterday.

“This is an opportune moment to convene as a Forum Family to celebrate Pacific regionalism under the vision of our 2050 Strategy.

This Special Leaders meeting demonstrates Leaders’ dedicated commitment to building PIF solidarity and unity,” said Henry Puna, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum.

The Meeting will also consider and finalise the operationalisation of the Suva Agreement that was endorsed by Forum Leaders at their meeting in Suva, Fiji in July 2022

Also from Fiji, the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Lynda Tabuya met with the Samoan Minister for Finance Mulipola Molioo yesterday. 

The duo will spearhead the Pacific Early Childhood Development (PRC4ECD) forum that begins today at the Sofitel Resort at Denarau.

At this forum, Minister Tabuya will be the co-chair in her capacity as the Acting Minister for Health and Medical Services.

Both Ministers took this time to reflect and discuss important strategies to highlight during the three-day event. The PRC4ECD will conclude tomorrow.