Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

The FSM to Host the South Pacific Forum Again

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Organization Committee for SPF): February 24, 1998 - The FSM for the second time is hosting the South Pacific Forum tentatively scheduled for the 21st to the 27th of August this year.

Preparations for this session, the 29th South Pacific Forum, have already begun with the establishment of an organizing committee chaired by Vice President Leo A. Falcam.

Falcam said that August 21-27 was chosen after considering that the United Nations General Assembly starts in September, the regular Session of the FSM Congress runs from October to November, and the busy holiday season begins after that.

Much still has to be accomplished and the involvement of the local communities, especially the traditional leaders, local governments, and the private sector is being sought.

Among the many responsibilities being handled by the committees are completing inventories of available car rentals, hotel rooms, and meeting space on Pohnpei.

The South Pacific Forum was established in 1971 out of a common desire on the part of the independent or self-governing countries in the Pacific to develop a collective response to regional issues. The first meeting was held in Wellington, New Zealand.

There are now 16 member countries including, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Republic of Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Western Samoa, and the Republic of Palau.

The Head of Government of the hosting country assumes the chairmanship until the next Forum. That will be the President of the FSM, Jacob Nena, for the upcoming Forum.

FSM last hosted the Forum in 1991. Last year was the Cook Islands and the Republic of the Marshall Islands before then.

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356