Pacific Islands Forum in Vanuatu to focus on development: NZ PM

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Monday that the 41st Pacific Islands Forum leaders' meeting, to be held in Vanuatu on Aug. 3-6, will be a chance to talk about development.

Key will leave for Vanuatu on Aug. 3 to attend both the 41st Pacific Islands Forum leaders' meeting and the Post-Forum Dialogue.

"Delegates at this year's Forum are expected to discuss improved development assistance through the implementation of the Cairns Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination in the Pacific," he told a press conference on Monday.

Key said the delegates will also discuss the Pacific's response to the global financial crisis, and other social and economic issues.

"The region's progress in advancing the Millennium Development Goals, which set ambitious outcomes to be achieved by 2015, including poverty reduction, fostering growth, and addressing maternal and child mortality, will be an important subject for review," he said.

he said the Post-Forum Dialogue will provide an opportunity for Forum countries to engage with those partners from outside the region which have a significant interest in the security, stability and development of the Pacific.

"This will boost New Zealand's efforts to foster more effective and coordinated international support for economic development of Pacific nations," Key said.

Deepening and strengthening New Zealand's relations with its Pacific neighbors was a high priority, he said.

"The annual forum leaders' meeting is the main event in the Pacific calendar. It's a valuable opportunity for regional counterparts to discuss how we can work together to address the issues and challenges facing our region," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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