20 Oct 2008

New Forum Secretary General plans to continue open door policy with civil society

11:18 am on 20 October 2008

The new secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, has said he will maintain an open-door policy to civil society engagement.

At a media conference, Mr Slade was asked if he would continue his predecessor's position, which included twice yearly meetings.

Mr Slade was cautious and said his predecessor's position could have been personal choice rather than Forum policy.

But nevertheless, he said there would be no drastic changes to his approach.

"I will seek to build on work that has been dealt with and inplace and obviously to build on the gains of that sort of work."