Smaller Island States meet ahead of Forum

The Small Island States Leaders Meeting is underway ahead of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Apia, which is scheduled to be officially opened tomorrow.

At the Conference room of Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel this morning, the membership of the Smaller Island States held a brief opening ceremony before the meeting was closed to the media.

Members include Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau and Tuvalu.

The Smaller Island States grouping was established in 2005 to facilitate special assistance to those Forum countries that experience limited development capacity and a fragile and vulnerable environment.

A press conference is being schedule this afternoon.

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