French Polynesia President Ready To Host Overseas Territory Policy Conference

Fritch takes Macron up on campaign promise to hold conferences to address specific circumstances in each territory

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 22, 2017) – French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch says Tahiti is ready to host a broad conference in September on the territory's challenges as outlined in the campaign of the new French president Emmanuel Macron.

In the lead-up to the presidential election in April, Mr Macron vowed to set up such a conference in every overseas territory to formulate policies adapted to the specific circumstances.

In his manifesto, he called for an investment boost of more than $US50 billion across all overseas territories to help reduce joblessness, to improve agriculture and modernise administrations.

He also promised to hire an additional 10,000 police officers nationwide which would benefit overseas territories.

Mr Fritch says in French Polynesia's case the issues are known and he expressed his hope that the overseas minister Annick Girardin would agree to such formal talks in September.

He was speaking in Paris where he met Ms Girardin for a working breakfast in the company of two of the territory's three members of the French National Assembly.

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