Cook Islands Development Partners Meeting will be held in the Cook Islands from 9-12 February 2015.

Journey to Development

9 – 12 February 2015

The fifth Cook Islands Development Partners Meeting will be held in the Cook Islands from 9-12 February 2015. The meeting is also planned as part of the festivities around the fiftieth anniversary year of Cook Islands self government in 2015.

The focus will continue to be on building development partner confidence in the Cook Islands national systems. The meeting will be structured in a manner that fosters space for different perspectives from local community, business and civil society leaders to be shared with international and national government representatives. As well as the main plenary in Rarotonga, there will also be an overnight visit taking place in Mitiaro scheduled for Thursday 12 February.

The meeting theme of ‘’Journey to Development’’ will examine the development pathways of the CookIslands through the last 50 years.

In announcing the timing of the meeting, Cook Islands Minister of Finance, the Honourable Mark Brown outlined

“The development partners meeting will allow us to reflect on how far we have come, what lessons can be taken from past experience and how this can apply this to future development of the country, and ultimately I hope it will help contribute to a greater understanding of the opportunities before the Cook Islands and increase our collective actions.”

In the process of moving activities beyond Rarotonga, Mitiaro will have the opportunity to engage with development partners. The head of the Development Coordination Division, Peter Tierney commented that:

“It is important to outline the challenges which are present in the Pa Enua, particularly the difficulties associated with remoteness. Last year the people of Atiu made a great impression on our partners, and we are now beginning to work with the Mitiaro Island Council to ensure the same happens again.”

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