IB 2019/08 The Pacific Islands Development Forum: A Shaky Future?

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Transform Aqorau, James Batley

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Fiji Prime Minister Bainimarama recently announced that he will attend this year’s Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders’ Meeting in Tuvalu. This represents a shift in Fiji’s relations with the PIF: Bainimarama has boycotted the PIF since Fiji’s suspension from the group was lifted in 2014, citing concerns over alleged Australian and New Zealand dominance of the organisation. Bainimarama’s re-engagement with the PIF raises questions about the future of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), the organisation established in 2013. This analysis explores the PIDF’s history and what Prime Minister Bainimarama’s decision to attend the PIF Leaders’ Meeting means for the future of the PIDF.

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