COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY GENERAL VISITS VANUATU

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Port Villa Presse, Nov. 1) - Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon arrives today in Vanuatu for a two-day visit as part of his Pacific Tour that covers Fiji and Solomon Islands.

Mr. McKinnon is expected to call on Vanuatu President Kalkot Mataskelekele, Prime Minister Ham Lini and other ministers.

Discussions during the visit are likely to focus on Commonwealth issues as well as the Pacific Plan launched by the Pacific Islands Forum leaders in 2005.

The Commonwealth is working closely with the Forum Secretariat in Fiji to contribute to the implementation of the Pacific Plan—aimed at enhancing social development and regional economic integration.

The Commonwealth Secretariat is working towards the launch of a major new program of assistance to strengthen governance in the region as a contribution to the Pacific Plan.

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