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Pacific Islands Forum is an inter-governmental consultative organ
which aims to enhance cooperation between the independent countries of
the Pacific Ocean and represent their interests. It was founded in 1971
as the South Pacific Forum; the name was changed in 2000 to
better reflect the correct geographic locations of its member states
both in the north and south Pacific.
states are: Australia, the
Cook Islands, the
Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji,
Kiribadi, the Marshall
Islands, Nauru, New
Zealand, Niue, Palau,
Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon
Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and
decisions of the Forum are implemented by the Pacific Islands Forum
Secretariat (PIFS), which grew out of the South Pacific Economic
Cooperation bureau (SPEC). As well as its role in harmonising regional
positions on various political and policy issues, the Forum Secretariat
has technical programmes in economic development, transport and trade,
and chairs the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP).
New Zealand and Australia are much larger in population (with the exception of Papua New Guinea) and wealthier than the other small, poor, and in some cases outright impoverished island nations that make up the rest of the forum. They are significant aid donors and big markets for exports (for instance, through a concessional tariff deal on textiles exports from Fiji to Australia). Australia's population is around twice that of the other 15 members combined and it's economy more than five times larger.
aim of Pacific Regional Trade Agreement is to boost trade between the
island nations of the Pacific. Australia and New Zealand are associate
members of PARTA.
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