Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will attend the Eighth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM8), hosted by the Government of Japan.
PALM8 will be held at Iwaki, Fukushima, May 18–19.
Japan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said 17 countries including the host and 14 Pacific island countries would attend the talks.
Titled “We are Islanders – Partnership Towards Prosperous, Free and Open Pacific”, the conference aims to “enhance and strengthen joint co-operation and contributions to regional prosperity and security, including shared challenges such as natural disasters and climate change”.
The summit will be hosted by the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. PALM is a summit-level meeting held every three years since 1997. Leaders openly discuss various issues that Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are facing in an effort to build close co-operative relationships and forge a bond of friendship between Japan and PICs.
PALM7 was also held in Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan, on May 22-23, 2015.
- Fiji Sun deputy business editor Sheldon Chanel will cover PALM8.