25th August 01:13 AM
PM looking forward to turning words into action at 50th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting
By Semi Turaga
Monday 12/08/2019

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says he is looking forward to a week of turning words into action as the 50th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting starts in Funafuti in Tuvalu today. 

Bainimarama has returned to the Pacific Islands Forum for the first time in a decade.

He arrived in Tuvalu yesterday.


[Photo:Fijian Government]

Climate change is the main topic at the meeting, along with economic development, maritime security and marine pollution.

Bainimarama is accompanied by the Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Sugar and Immigration, Yogesh Karan who is also the Acting Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs.


[Photo:Pacific Islands Forum]

The meeting will also be attended by Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

This is Morrison's first time attending the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting.

Papua New Guinea's New Prime Minister James Marape is also attending the meeting along with the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogovare.

The 50th Pacific Islands Forum meeting will finish on Friday.

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