4 Sep 2013

Pacific Plan review on Forum agenda in Majuro

3:10 pm on 4 September 2013

Pacific leaders at their annual summit in the Marshall Islands are today discussing the future of the Pacific Plan.

The Plan, the region's document detailing how it can achieve greater integration, has been under review since soon after last year's Forum summit.

The review team, headed by a former Papua New Guinea prime minister, Sir Mekere Morauta, conducted consultations across the region.

Last month, Sir Mekere said since the Plan was drawn up nearly 10 years ago, the challenges for the Pacific have got greater but politically, the region is stumbling along.

He says he did not advocate a refreshment of the Plan but the re-establishment of a robust political process around regionalism.

Sir Mekere says the Forum, as the peak political body in the Pacific, has a huge role, but must also adapt.