9 Feb 2015

Dame Meg calls for greater regionalism

7:01 pm on 9 February 2015

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor, is calling for a focus on greater Pacific regionalism this year.

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Photo: RNZ

Last year's Forum Leaders' summit in Palau endorsed the formation of a sub-committee to focus on the implementation of their 'Framework for Pacific Regionalism'.

Dame Meg says the framework calls for a new regional public policy process.

Ms Taylor has told the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific that it demands game-changing interventions in support of a new regional politic.

Dame Meg says at the heart of deepened regionalism is clear control by leaders of the regional agenda.

She says if the Forum cannot collectively support the leaders' vision then it needs to re-think what it is there to do.