New Zealand Parliament to host a Pacific Parliamentary Forum

Bernadette Carreon – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Wellington, New Zealand (4E) – New Zealand will be hosting a Pacific Parliamentary Forum in April 2013.

According to a statement with the New Zealand media, the meeting is aimed at reviewing the country’s relationship with Pacific states.

The purpose of the Pacific Parliament is to provide the opportunity for Pacific Politicians and leaders, and New Zealand Members of Parliament, to strengthen their networks in the region.

The event is expected to bring together leaders from all the Pacific states to Wellington for a forum focused on promoting regional cooperation, stronger governance and help leaders across the region to know one another.

Issues to be addressed are on energy, health, resources, job creation, interaction between the public and private sectors, environmental issues and free press and string transparent government, the statement said.

Members of the Pacific Island community in New Zealand and interested observers will be invited to attend the forum.

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