PACIFIC LEADERS SET TO MEET AT HAWAI‘I’S EAST-WEST CENTER JANUARY 30-31

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (January 2, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The 6th Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders meeting will convene at the East-West Center in Honolulu at the end of the month, January 30-31.

Discussions will focus on globalization and governance, managing tensions between global and cultural values, fostering development and taking advantage of information technologies.

The conference meets once every three years, bringing together 22 heads of government from the Pacific Islands region.

Fiji's former president and one of the region's elder statesmen, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, is expected to open the session, before a new conference chairman is elected.

Earlier, Ratu Mara was asked to convene the Honolulu meeting after the then current chairman, former Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, vacated the post when his government lost office to the People’s Coalition Government of now deposed Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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