Smallest FFA member to grow SIDS voice at PIFS table
Wed 6 Aug 2014, FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS – Tokelau's admission to associate membership of the Pacific Islands Forum is a welcome milestone that will boost oceans and fisheries issues in the region’s peak policy body.
Forum leaders made the decision to elevate Tokelau's Observer status to that of Associate Member during their retreat in Palau last week.
FFA Director General, James Movick, paid tribute to the committed efforts of the Tokelau Government and community to effectively represent themselves in regional fora
"Tokelau has a long, active history as a member of the Forum Fisheries Agency, to which it was admitted as a full member in 1999, and it is currently the Chair of the FFA’s governing council.”
“This move will bring key benefits to the Forum beyond growing regional representation, especially increasing Leaders’ awareness of the importance of fisheries issues for small island states given that Tokelau is a key regional fisheries player despite its small size and territorial status," says the FFA Director General. Tokelau's leader or Ulu, te Aliki Faipule Kuresa Nasau, is also the newly appointed Chair of the Forum Fisheries Committee.
“While associate members do not have the full rights of members, it cannot hurt to have Forum Leaders hear and see for themselves the tenacity, passion and heart which Tokelau brings to the regional Fisheries table as member of the FFA and the Palau Arrangement."–ENDS