Palau To Host 45th Pacific Islands Forum Meeting

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July 29-August 1 set aside for Leaders get meeting

By Bernadette H. Carreon

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Business Journal, March 9, 2014) – Palau will be hosting the 45th Pacific Islands Forum scheduled from July 29 to Aug. 1.

During the 44th Pacific Islands Forum, hosted by the Marshall Islands in 2013, Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. offered to host the next forum after the Solomon Islands dropped out from hosting it.

Remengesau expressed his sincere appreciation to the other leaders, especially to President Emmanual Mori of the Federated States of Micronesia and President Christopher Loeak of the Marshall Islands for their hard work in bringing the next forum to Palau. He promised that, as host of the next Pacific Islands Forum, Palau will carry the momentum of the climate change initiatives started by the Marshall Islands.

"Climate change continues to be the issue that threatens our lives, so it deserves to be on the forefront of every forum until our voices are heard," Remengesau stated.

The president indicated that the planning for the forum is now in motion with a task force created to handle the events. Accommodations for the delegates who will be attending the forum are also being planned by the task force.

Remengesau said they are expecting at least 500 people to attend the event including heads of state. He said that during his recent visit to Japan, he extended an invitation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to attend the forum.

He urged Palauans to open up their homes to visitors who will be attending. The president also said the government is considering bringing in liveaboards from Hong Kong and Singapore to accommodate the visitors.

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