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This years’ annual gathering of Pacific Forum Leaders meeting will be held in mid-August, earlier than the scheduled September meeting.
Host country, Tuvalu has asked the meeting be brought forward because of competing national events – the dissolution of Parliament and national elections in early September.
The proposed dates of 12-16 August was approved at the Forum Officials Committee (FOC) meeting in November last year.
“The proposed dates take into account important considerations namely, that Tuvalu is scheduled to dissolve its Parliament in June 2019 and to hold its general elections in early September.
Therefore, the general practice of holding the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting (PIFLM) in the first week of September is unfeasible for Tuvalu as incoming Forum Host, according to a FOC paper.
Leaders had agreed that except for exceptional circumstances that the PILFM can be held in August.
The change in date will now mean that pre-Forum Officials Committee meeting will be held on 01-03 July while the Forum Foreign Affairs Ministers will meet on 05 July. The Forum Economic Ministers Meeting will be held in Suva from 06-08 May in Suva.
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