Forum Delegation in Geneva

The Permanent Delegation of the Pacific Islands Forum to the United Nations, World Trade Organisation, and Other International Organisations in Geneva drives our regional priorities at the international level

The Pacific Islands Forum Geneva Office is central to international trade negotiations, providing policy and technical advice on multilateral trade issues to Forum Islands Countries that are members of the World Trade Organization. We also coordinate participation in multilateral negotiations. 

We also deliver on the Aid-for-Trade Strategy, assisting Forum Island Countries, individually and collectively, to capitalise on trade opportunities provided by Geneva and Europe-based organisations. 

Non-trade work commenced in 2019, following the Forum Leaders’ decision to extend the Office’s mandate to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva. This engagement is currently being prioritised.

The PIF Geneva Office is headed by Permanent Representative, Ambassador Mere Falemaka, and is supported by three staff; Dr. Andrea Giacomelli, Trade Policy and Aid-for-Trade Advisor, Maxine Hunter, Trade Policy Officer, and Marie-Providence U. Hibon, Administrative Assistant.

In addition, the Geneva Office hosts the Europe desk of Pacific Trade Invest, which is headed by Trade Commissioner Jodie Stewart. Pacific Trade Invest in Geneva focuses on the development and promotion of Pacific Island exports in Europe and the United Kingdom.

  1. WTO Negotiations and Technical Assistance  and Capacity Building;
  2. Aid for Trade; and
  3. Non Trade related issues (UN and ACP issues)
  • Quarterly Updates disseminated via Forum Secretariat to Members.