13 May 2013

Kiribati stakeholders seek more from regionalism

6:25 pm on 13 May 2013

Kiribati stakeholders involved in the Pacific Plan review have questioned how well served they and other smaller island states are by the Plan and regional institutions.

The team reviewing the Pacific Plan, which aims to foster regional co-operation, consulted in Kiribati last week.

It met politicians, senior government officials, the Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Kiribati Association of NGOs, as well as the country's bilateral and multilateral development partners.

A statement from the Forum Secretariat says the stakeholders impressed on the review team the difficulties that Kiribati experiences in connecting with economic opportunity in the region

It says there is a desire in Kiribati to be an equal partner with those in the wider Pacific community.