26 Oct 2006

Forum chair says no changes planned in institutional structure

2:34 pm on 26 October 2006

There are to be no immediate changes to the structure of the region's institutions with the Pacific Islands Forum opting for another review.

There had been two reports put to the leaders of the 16 members of the Forum recommending two separate plans to make the various inter government agencies more effective and to avoid duplication of services.

Most recently it's been suggested the Forum could be the central political arm, the academic institutions remain as is while the technical agencies come under the auspices of the Pacific Community in Noumea.

The Forum's chairman, Fiji's prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, was asked why none of the recommendations was to be implemented.

"I think we need to understand that there is a process being followed and that process will continue. In fact, one of the recommendations was to set up a taskforce to look at specific issues that were still outstanding and we endorsed that. So, the next step is to get this taskforce to do further."


Mr Qarase did not comment on what the specific issues were but he says the taskforce will report back to the next Forum and he hopes some decisions can be made then.