2019 Pacific Islands Sports Ministers Meeting

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi. (Picture: Misiona Simo/Samoa Observer)

APIA, 06 JULY 2019 (SAMOA GOVT) – Sports Ministers from the Pacific and their representatives will gather at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows in Apia on Saturday, 6 July for the 2019 Pacific Islands Sports Ministers Meeting.

The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi will deliver the keynote address for the meeting focusing on Building a Stronger Pacific and Realising a Shared Vision for Sport at the Regional Level.

Meeting under the theme ‘Strengthening Sport and Sustainable Development in the Pacific’, Ministers will consider issues relating to sports and the Sustainable Development Agenda, a shared vision and coordinated action for sport in the Pacific, and strengthening sports performance in the Pacific.

The Minister of Education, Sport and Culture of Samoa, Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio will chair the meeting. Presentations relating to physical education, physical activity and sport will be delivered by Sports Ministers from Kiribati, Palau, Vanuatu, and Tuvalu, as well as Samoa.

Ministerial and senior officials representing American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Wallis and Futuna are also expected to attend the ministerial meeting.

Ministers will also consider presentations from representatives of the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (ORADO) relating to the fight against doping in sport; Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) on regional investments in sport through the Olympic movement; and from the Pacific Games Council on addressing good governance and transparency in Pacific sport.

The Sports Ministers Meeting will be preceded by a Pacific Sports Policy Roundtable today,Friday 05 July.

Representatives of national, regional and international sporting bodies including representatives of regional and international organisations will participate in both the Policy Roundtable and ministerial meeting.

The Outcomes of the Policy Roundtable meeting is expected to be presented to the Ministers by Nisha, Director of the Office and UNESCO Representative to the Pacific States.

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