25 Feb 2013

Marshall on track to hosting Pacific Islands Forum

2:40 pm on 25 February 2013

The secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum says preparations in the Marshall Islands for this year's leaders' summit are moving forward on schedule.

Tuiloma Neroni Slade, who spent four days in Majuro last week, says the secretariat is pleased with arrangements.

About 400 delegates are expected at the meetings but there are less than 200 hotel rooms.

Our correpondent says local apartment owners are refurbishing their units and putting up new ones in anticipation of the demand for accommodation during the summit.

The meeting dates have tentatively been scheduled for September the 2nd to the 6th and Mr Slade says this should be confirmed later this week.

By tradition the host identifies the theme for the meeting and the Marshall Islands government is expected to focus on climate change.