Brown on secretary general’s role

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Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) chairman and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown. Picture: FILE

Forum Foreign Ministers chair and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown says the ministers have acknowledged the Suva Agreement on the position of the secretary general and no discussion was made regarding this during the meeting in Suva last week.

“There was no discussion on the secretary general’s role in the incoming secretary general.

The foreign ministers have acknowledged that the super agreement is in place, which recognises the rotation of the secretary general position,” Mr Brown said.

“The governance manual on procedures and processes has been worked on by our foreign secretary.

But this was not an agenda item that was discussed by foreign ministers.”

Mr Brown said this would be up for the leader’s consideration during the meeting in November.

Former Cook Island’s Prime Minister Henry Puna currently holds the position on secretary general after seven countries, excluding Kiribati, signed the Suva Agreement in 2022, allowing him to serve the remaining year and a-half of his remaining term.