Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

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1972-09 Suva Fiji


Sep 1972, Suva (Fiji), at 3rd Meeting of F-XE5377 - Pacific Islands Forum, then known as 'Trade Bureau', on the recommendations of the Forum's Committee on South Pacific Trade. Formal agreement signed during 4th Forum Meeting, 17 Apr 1973, Apia (Samoa). Fiji, as country of Headquarters, is depository of the Agreement. Absorbed H-XH3547 - Pacific Islands' Producers Association (PIPA), 1973-1974. Subsequently became South Pacific Bureau for Economic Co-operation (SPEC) -- Bureau de coopération économique du Pacifique Sud (BCEPS). Current agreement signed 14 Jul 1980, Tarawa (Kiribati). Name changed to South Pacific Forum Secretariat (SPFS) -- Secrétariat du Forum du Pacifique du Sud at 19th Meeting of the South Pacific Forum, 1988, Nuku'alofa (Tonga), ratification of the Agreement formalizing the name change completed by Member Governments, 23 Apr 1993. Name subsequently changed to listed title. Also referred to as Forum Secretariat -- Secrétariat du Forum.


Encourage and promote regional cooperation among members; facilitate continuing cooperation and consultation among members through trade, investments, development and related areas; act as aid coordinating agency for regional projects; promote collaboration between relatively undeveloped island countries and more industrialized countries; further the establishment of a free trade area in the South Pacific region.


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Official Committee as governing body. Secretariat, headed by Secretary General and one Deputy Secretary General. Divisions (4): Trade and Investment; Political and International Affairs; Development and Economic Policy; Corporate Services.


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GOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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