20 Aug 2008

Former Niuean Premier says local people can have pride their country is Forum venue

10:21 am on 20 August 2008

The man most responsible for bringing the Pacific Islands Forum summit to Niue says it is a chance for Niueans to have pride in their country.

The summit officially opens this afternoon with several items displaying key parts of Niuean culture, but this morning the region's small island states meet followed by the 12 Pacific countries which are members of the European Union's African, Caribbean and Pacific group.

The former Premier of Niue, Young Vivian, who fought hard to have the island host the event, says he's disappointed not to be involved but delighted the summit is here.

He says he believes it will show Niueans what the country is capable of.

"The leaders and other people will definitely find this place is a good place and they will definitely tell the Niuean people that they are lucky they have a place like here. You have a good health system and a good education and that is very, very important for the people of Niue. To learn that other people appreciate their country."