3 Oct 2006

Forum urges members to back Pacific Plan

5:49 pm on 3 October 2006

Officials meeting in Suva ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum summit later this month have been told that the Pacific Plan will fail if member states don't implement the various regional initiatives in the scheme.

The secretary general of the Forum, Greg Urwin, says the push for strengthened regionalism exist wholly for the benefit of the Forum members.

He says the members are being encouraged to integrate the schemes into their national policies.

Mr Urwin has also revealed that the Forum has had applications for its new criteria of associate membership from New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and American Samoa.

As well, Wallis and Futuna, has applied for observer status, while the Forum is also considering whether the UN, the Commonwealth and the ADB be invited to become observers.