Forum Secretariat Receives 40 Submissions For Regional Priorities

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Sub-Committee to determine 5 key regional priority areas

By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, June 24, 2015) – Regional forestry conservation and regional waste management were part of the submissions from Fiji to the Pacific Regionalism Initiative program.

This was confirmed by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat which received the submissions from civil society organisations.

With the Pacific Regional Initiative expected to close last week, the Forum Secretariat stated it had so far received 40 submissions.

"The Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism will sit down to select the top five priorities for the region on July 13-15. These five priorities will be put before leaders for their consideration and selection as the key regional priority areas for the region moving forward," the secretariat stated.

The initiative was allowed through the newly-adopted Framework for Pacific Regionalism, which established an inclusive process to determine the priorities for the region.

The process allows any individual, organisation or group from any country in the Pacific to put forward a regional initiative for Pacific Islands Forum Leaders to consider at their annual forum.

The regional initiatives submitted needed to address and deal with key public policy issues and challenges for the region that required the oversight of Pacific Islands leaders and that were most appropriately dealt with at regional or sub-regional level.

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