PACIFIC ISLAND LEADERS TO MEET AT EAST-WEST CENTER MARCH 13-14

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HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (March 3, 2002 – PIDP/CPIS)---Heads of government and officials from throughout the Pacific will convene March 13-14 at the East-West Center for the 27th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders (PICL).

At the conclusion of the Pacific Islands Conference held in Honolulu during January 2001, Federated States of Micronesia President Leo A. Falcam was elected to lead the regional organization’s Standing Committee for three years. His Highness Prince ‘Ulukalala Lavaka ‘Ata, prime minister of Tonga, was elected vice chairman.

The Standing Committee conducts the full 22-member PICL’s business between summit sessions, held every three years.

The EWC Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP), directed by Dr. Sitiveni Halapua, serves as the secretariat and research arm of the Pacific Islands Conference Standing Committee.

The PIDP’s research and training activities are developed as a direct response to the issues identified by the Conference of Leaders.

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