The PIF Geneva Office Permanent Representative Ambassador Mere Falemaka has this week completed the formalities of presenting her credentials as the Permanent Representative and Ambassador of the Pacific Islands Forum to the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations in Geneva.

Ambassador Falemaka is no stranger to the Geneva environment.

Reappointed in May 2023 to the role she previously held for nine years, she has been instrumental in the PIF Geneva Office’s excellent working relationship with Forum missions in Geneva, Brussels, and London.

PIF Secretary General Henry Puna in announcing Ambassador Falemaka’s re-appointment, said her considerable experience, technical skills and gravitas were needed to ascertain continuity for our regional positions in the ongoing negotiations in Geneva.

These include the WTO Fisheries Subsidies Agreement ratification and implementation of the partial agreement, and in particular the conclusion of the remaining pillars of the Agreement ahead of the WTO MC13 in February 2024, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.