25 Feb 2021

What now for the future of Pacific regionalism?

From , 6:01 am on 25 February 2021

The man at the centre of Micronesia's departure from the Pacific Islands Forum says the move puts them in a good position to help shape the architecture of a rejuvenated regional body.

Earlier this month the Marshall Islands diplomat Gerald Zackios was passed-over as Forum Secretary-General in favour of former Cook Islands prime minister Henry Puna.

This angered Micronesian leaders who had made clear in the lead up to the decision that they believed it was Micronesia's turn to take up the top job seeing as candidates from Polynesia and Melanesia had dominated the role for several decades.

Gerald Zackios was part of an online webinar looking at the future of Pacific regionalism.

Dominic Godfrey reports.

Gerald Zackios

Gerald Zackios Photo: Marshall Islands Journal