3 Nov 2004

Forum gets a big financial boost from its members

6:21 am on 3 November 2004

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has had a big lift in its budget approved by its 16 member states.

It will receive 15 point eight million US dollars next year, up substantially from this year.

The 2004 budget was nine milllion but this did not include the costs of the four trade offices - in Beijing, Sydney, Auckland and Tokyo.

The increase is to help the work on the Pacific Plan, which aims to strengthen regional co-operation and integration.

The Budget also covers elements of a new corporate plan, which includes expanded programmes to meet the four key goals of the Forum - economic growth, sustainable development, good governance and security.

The Forum Secretariat has 85 staff at its headquarters in Suva and another 30 at the four trade offices.