SOTP2016 - The Framework for Pacific Regionalism: A progress report

The Framework for Pacific Regionalism panel at SOTP2016 conference. Image SSGM

The Framework for Pacific Regionalism was endorsed by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders at their meeting in July 2014, an outcome of the 2013 review of the Pacific Plan led by Sir Mekere Morauta. The Framework was seen as providing the platform for a reinvigorated regionalism through a more open and consultative process of priority-setting, and as a means of uncluttering the agenda of Leaders’ meetings. In the words of the Leaders, the Framework would support ‘focussed political conversations and settlements that address key strategic issues, including shared sovereignty, pooling resources and delegating decision-making’. The Framework came into operation during the course of 2015, with Leaders endorsing five regional priorities at their meeting in Port Moresby. Leaders have just met for their 2016 meeting in Pohnpei, FSM. Is the Framework living up to expectations? How has it shaped the regional agenda? What have the consultative processes established under the Framework revealed about regional priorities and concerns?

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