Analysis – By a special correspondent
Representatives of Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) member countries gathered in Palau last week with an oceanic task on their hands: to revitalise their region’s premier political organisation.
This year’s gathering featured a review of the Forum’s decade-old Pacific Plan, which finds it to be poorly focused, and bogged down in a “largely officials-led process” that has come to be dominated by “bureaucratic and institutional interests”.
The solution, according to the review team led by a former prime minister of Papua New Guinea Prime, Sir Mekere Morauta, is for the region to engage in some “pooling of sovereignty”, but not full integration. Read more »