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47 Regional Policy Initiatives Submitted To Forum Secretariat

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center:

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Public call 2016 under Framework for Pacific Regionalism ends

By Matilda Simmons

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, April 20, 2016) – Fiji joined several countries in the Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand, in submitting policy initiatives for the 2016 public call for submissions under the Framework for Pacific Regionalism.

Secretary-general of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Dame Meg Taylor, said it was pleasing to note the positive response from various individuals, civil society, and private sectors, from around the Pacific that showed the willingness of the stakeholders to address the big issues and interests that affected the region.

The submissions received had covered a range of policy areas including energy, education, labour mobility, ocean, tourism, and health, with the highest volume of submissions centred on issues relating to climate change and West Papua.

According to Dame Taylor, 47 regional policy initiatives were received by the closing date of the 2016 public call for submissions under the Framework for Pacific Regionalism.

"I would like to thank everyone who made a submission this year, as your efforts show that there is a strong appreciation and appetite for Pacific regionalism.

"They also show an understanding of the benefits that can come when forum countries co-operate and collaborate to address the big issues and interests that we face and can share together," she said.

Read story: Pacific Islands Development Program, Ease-West Center

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