CHAIR ASKS PACIFIC FORUM LEADERS TO DEFER APPOINTMENT OF NEW HEAD
Funafuti: The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) chair and Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Kausea Natano, has requested the postponement of the appointment of a new Secretary-General, pending a face to face meeting in Fiji next year.
In a June 18 letter, Mr Natano said that because of the “political sensitivities and complexities surrounding the appointment of the Secretary-General, postpone, the decision on the appointment of the Secretary-General to the next formal face to face, session of the PIF’s Retreat.”
Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna had announced to stand down in September after nearly a decade as he planned to put his name forward to become the Secretary-General of the PIF at the end of the year.
The PIF chair also said the deadline of nominees for the next Secretary-General role, which ended on Friday should be extended until the forum meeting. He also proposed the leaders meet virtually in October to either extend the term of Dame Meg Taylor or Deputy SecretaryGeneral Filimon Manoni could fill the role as Acting SecretaryGeneral until a new one was appointed.