6 Apr 2004

Pacific Forum publishes review

3:43 pm on 6 April 2004

Pacific leaders are in a meeting in Auckland to consider a plan to revitalise the Pacific Islands Forum.

Called the Pacific Plan, it is a product of an Eminent Persons Group that toured the region earlier this year.

Don Wiseman reports.

"The report says the region faces considerable challenges, both external and home-grown. It says to overcome these requires concerted action by national governments and at a regional level. It says for this to happen a clear vision is needed of the region's future and a plan for getting there. The review says it acknowledges both Pacific traditions and 21st century realities. It says this involves a redefining of the traditional Pacific way of doing things. The Pacific Plan calls for the Forum to take a pivotal role in helping ensure that the Pacific Island community of states survives. It says the Forum must be clear about its priorities which the Plan defines as economic growth, sustainable development, governance and security."