speaker2The 24th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF), which is in session in Vancouver, Canada, has brought together 128 Members of Parliament from 27 member countries, including Fiji. The Fijian delegation is led by the Speaker of the Fijian Parliament, the Hon Dr. Jiko Luveni, and accompanied by the Hon Alexander O’Connor and Hon Mikaele Leawere.

At the Executive Committee Meeting of the Forum today, it was formally announced that Fiji will be hosting the 25th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in January, 2017. The Committee expressed their appreciation and gratitude to Fiji for this honor and they stand ready to assist in terms of meeting logistics.

In response, the Hon Dr. Luveni stated that it is an honor for Fiji to host the next APPF as hosting regional and international meetings is something that Fiji takes pride in. It is an opportunity to dialogue on issues of common interest to the Asia-Pacific region. It would also be an opportunity to showcase Fiji’s renown brand of hospitality and a chance for delegates to experience the sights and sounds of our islands.

The Forum’s proceedings address political, security, economic, social and cultural issues, thus furthering regional cooperation and building relationships between and among parliamentarians from the Asia-Pacific region.

It is also at this meeting that saw the first-ever Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) informal meeting of women parliamentarians. This meeting focused on three key themes: (1) challenges facing women’s representation in parliaments (2) measures that can help to increase women’s participation in public life, and (3) inclusive financing for women.

The Forum is co-hosted by the Canadian Speakers, the Honourable George J. Furey, Speaker of the Senate, and the Honourable Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons.