French Polynesia GA and Vanuatu Parliament seal cooperation agreement

Speaker Esmon Saimon signs cooperation agreement with his counterpart of French Polynesia, Gaston Tong Sang

The Parliament of Vanuatu and French Polynesia’s General Assembly (GA) signed a program of cooperation agreement containing concrete actions for the period 2019-2020, Thursday last week in Port Vila.

The cooperation program only had three key points: have a better knowledge of the mode of organizations and the functioning of each parliament; Vanuatu to participate in the second conference of presidents of Polynesian Parliaments in September this year and; the participation of the assembly of French Polynesia in the organization of a seminar in the Vanuatu Parliament.

The cooperation agreement will see an exchange program between both institutions for staff to more understand the role and the functioning how procedures were conducted during a parliamentary or general assembly sitting.

Also in September of this year, the Polynesia Parliamentary will have their 2nd conference called ‘Blue Economy” where themes of this meeting base on Fishing in the big blue economy and protection of the ocean pacific and global warming. The Polynesian Parliamentarian group brought together since 2013, the parliaments of the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Niue, Tuvalu, Tonga, Samoa, Wallis and Futuna.

“As i have repeatedly stressed it during my meetings, Polynesia and Melanesia share a common history and past and should not suffer from any kind of isolation, this is why the Vanuatu authorities shall also have invitations to take part in this great gathering of the Polynesian parliaments in view of an official integration in that body,” French Polynesia GA President, Gaston Tong Sang declared during the signing of the cooperation agreement at the Parliament House.

Vanuatu’s speaker of Parliament Esmon Saimon says this cooperation agreement will benefit Vanuatu’s parliament.

“Since we are part of the same ocean (Pacific), the same people and the same faith, we cannot live in isolation and we are taking inter-parliamentary initiatives and will ask our respective governments to build the step to expand relations by concreting them through the specific actions benefiting our different economic development sectors for the well-being of our population”, stated speaker Saimon.

Mr. Song’s visit to Vanuatu is part of the partnership agreement with Vanuatu’s parliament and the French Polynesia GA signed in September last year in Tahiti.

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