PIF Chair to transition at leaders retreat


The chairmanship of the Pacific Islands Forum will be passed from Fiji to the Cook Islands at the Special Leaders Retreat in Nadi this week.

Outgoing Chair Sitiveni Rabuka took up the role when he was elected as Prime Minister in December last year but will hand over that role to his Cook Islands counterpart, Mark Brown.

“My tenure as chair was short but it has been an honour, serving you, the leaders and peoples of our Blue Pacific.”

Rabuka said the two-day Special Leaders Retreat, which begins tomorrow, provides an opportunity to renew and reaffirm Pacific family ties.

Among discussions surrounding the 2050 strategy, the leaders are also expected to initiate the terms of the “Suva Agreement,” which was endorsed at the Pacific Islands Forum Meeting in the capital city last year.

Meanwhile, Pacific children and youth are front and centre today at the 2023 Pacific Early Childhood Development Forum in Nadi.

Addressing Pacific leaders, they insist on having a seat at the table to be a part of the decision making process towards a healthier, prosperous region for their future.

The Pacific ECD Forum provides a space for governments to discuss improved investments and multi-sectoral collaboration in early childhood development.