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PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Nov. 3) – Twenty-two French Polynesia officials from Tahiti, the Austral Islands and the Marquesas Islands are to attend a convention in New Caledonia of the French Association of Overseas Communes next week.

They will be among some 180 elected officials or representatives who have already confirmed their participation in the association’s 13th convention, set for Nov. 7 to Nov.12

The association provides a permanent framework of reflection, proposals and action on matters of economic, social and cultural development and specific protection of overseas communes and governing groups.

Tahiti’s communes of Paea and Hitia’a O Te Ra have already confirmed their participation in the conference. In the Austral Islands, the Commune of Rapa will be represented along with the Leeward Islands’ Commune of Uturoa on Raiatea and the Marquesas Islands’ Commune of Nuku Hiva.

The association was formed in September 1991 by some mayors from the French islands of Réunion, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Guiana. The founding mayors decided to share their experiences by initiating a reflection capable of leading to a presentation of a coherent platform expressing their expectations and preoccupations.

In the beginning, the association held its conventions in Paris the day before the convention of French mayors. Since 1996 the association found it more appropriate to hold a meeting in between the overseas conference and the mayors convention in Paris. The association also decided to hold its convention in a French overseas department or territory.

French Polynesia has participated in the association’s conventions since 1998.

November 4, 2004


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