Conference of the Pacific Community 2017 [fr]
This week Annick Girardin, Minister for French Overseas, attended the Conference of the Pacific Community in New Caledonia, from 26 to 28 July 2017. She was welcomed by Philippe Germain, President of the Governement of New Caledonia.
This year marked the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of the Pacific Community, which reunites 22 Pacific island countries and territories, as well as France, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
During the conference, its members discussed avenues for greater cooperation in support of regional economic growth, resilience and security.
Minister Annick Girardin declared Thursday in Noumea, in front of the leaders of the Pacific island countries, the "commitment" and the "unwavering support" of France, for the sustainable development of Pacific territories.
"France is a Pacific State and we have always been and will continue to be one of your most loyal allies" the Minister said during the opening of the 10th Pacific Community Conference.
"France has a special responsibility for this part of the world, for we have been in the vastness of the Pacific for more than two centuries with our three territories".
The minister also met her Australian counterpart the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific (left on the picture below).