CONSULTATION ON NEW REGIONALISM FRAMEWORK ENDS
A two-day National Consultation on a new Framework for Regionalism in the Pacific has concluded in Honiara yesterday.
The consultations which gathered representatives from the Government, private sector and NGOs over a two-days period aimed at gathering inputs from Solomon Islanders to contribute towards the form and content of a new Framework for Regionalism.
The report says this national consultation is an undertaking of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade following the outcome of the Special Pacific islands Forum leaders Summit in Rarotonga, Cook Islands in 2005.
The report adds the new regionalism framework is hoped to replace the current Pacific Plan which Forum Leaders have endorsed in the year.
Meanwhile, speaking during the opening, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Beraki Jino said as a stakeholder in this new Framework for Regionalism, Solomon Islands would also like to take ownership of the framework.
Mr Jino said this was something that was missing in the Pacific Plan, where stakeholders feel they do not own the Plan.