The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) is prioritising deeper engagement with its member countries through active and direct dialogue, according to Deputy Secretary General Esala Nayasi.

During a visit to Palau last week, Nayasi participated in numerous meetings with government stakeholders at various levels. The goal, he explained, is to gain a clearer understanding of each member country’s specific needs, challenges, and overall context.

“Engagement is critical for us,” Nayasi said. “Given that we haven’t established our subregional office in Micronesia, as decided by the leaders, it’s important for us to be here and directly engage with our members.”

Similar engagements were underway concurrently in other Micronesian countries.

These frequent meetings and discussions, Nayasi noted, will contribute to preparations for the upcoming leaders’ meeting in Tonga this August. Critically, they will provide valuable insights into the perspectives of member countries on key issues that need to be addressed.

“This is an opportunity for us to engage with stakeholders, gather their views and positions on the crucial issues they want us to address and ensure they are incorporated into relevant policies,” Nayasi stated.

The Deputy Secretary General emphasized the importance of maintaining a visible PIF presence in Micronesia.

Five key issues requiring consultation and engagement with member countries will be presented at the leadership meeting. These include:

*A Review of the Regional Architecture, which aims to align the organisation’s strategic goals with a stronger focus on governance and partnerships.

*An update to the Pacific Roadmap for Economic Development to reflect the 2050 strategy, addressing economic challenges across various sectors.
*The Climate Finance Strategy and Resilience Facility, encompassing initiatives to mobilise funding for climate resilience.

*Labour Mobility.

* The Small Island States Review.

The visit demonstrated a renewed focus on engaging with Micronesian islands and pursuing initiatives with renewed vigor to address political impacts and foster collaboration