GOVERNMENT OF TONGA

MEDIA RELEASE

(1 September 2017)

‘Forty eighth Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting 2017.’

The Pacific Islands Forum Leaders will convene for their 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Apia, Samoa on the 4-8 September, 2017. It will be an opportunity for Pacific Island Forum Leaders to discuss and develop collective responses to regional priority issues under the theme, The Blue Pacific: Our seas of islands provides for our secure future through sustainable development, management and conservation’. Increased Economic Returns on Fisheries, Pacific Resilience Partnership (PRP) and PACER Plus will be discussed in the Leaders’ priorities.

In the margin of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting, Tonga will Chair the 7th Polynesian Leaders Group Meeting on the 4 September 2017 and the theme for this year’s meeting is ‘Sustainable Polynesia, empowering Polynesia through regional Innovation, Infrastructural Cooperation and Resilience’.

Tonga’s delegation is led by the Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and accompanied by Minister of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries, Hon. Semisi Fakahau, Minister for Infrastructure & Tourism, Hon. Semisi Sika, Chief Secretary & Secretary to Cabinet, Dr. Palenitina Langa’oi Tiueti, Chief Executive Officer for MEIDECC, Mr. Paula Ma’u and Senior Government Officials.

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