26 Oct 2005

Forum head calls for agency coordination

7:25 pm on 26 October 2005

The secretary-general of the Pacific Islands Forum, Greg Urwin, says the region's organisations need to consider how intergovernmental agencies in the Pacific can work better together.

A consultant, a former Solomon Islands Central Bank governor Tony Hughes, produced a report last month which called for five key agencies, including the Forum Secretariat and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, to merge into a Pacific Commission.

Regional officials say they need more time to develop the proposal but Mr Urwin says a discussion along these lines has to be had.

"I have a personal view that we do have to work better together at a regional organisation level, there is a lot of resources tied up in these organisations and we have to get the most effective use out of them. I'm personally, I'm still open-minded over whether what's in that study is the full answer but i think we have to take it very seriously."

Greg Urwin