Samoa PM sup­ports civil so­ci­ety voice at the Fo­rum

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Apia:

The Prime Min­is­ter of Samoa has made a com­mit­ment to seek a larger and more per­ma­nent space for civil so­ci­ety voices at the Pa­cific Is­lands Fo­rum. Tuilaepa Sailele Maliel­e­gaoi made the pledge yes­ter­day to civil so­ci­ety heads at their of­fi­cial break­fast meet­ing with the Fo­rum Troika, lead­ers who are past, present and fu­ture chairs.

The ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Pa­cific Is­lands As­so­ci­a­tion of NGOs says she was pleas­antly sur­prised at the sup­port and con­sen­sus from lead­ers at the break­fast. PIANGO ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Emele Duitu­turaga said hav­ing a per­ma­nent civil so­ci­ety space for en­gage­ment with the Fo­rum would be ben­e­fi­cial for the re­gion as a whole. She said Tuilaepa had said he would push for a space for all 16 Fo­rum lead­ers and not just the Fo­rum chair­per­sons, to meet with civil so­ci­ety and lis­ten to what they have to say. RNZI

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