Friday, August 01, 2014

Pacific Island leaders name PNG's Meg Taylor as next Forum chief


Pacific leaders have for the first time chosen a woman to head the region's premier representative group.
Papua New Guinea's Dame Meg Taylor, a senior World Bank official, will become the next Secretary General of the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat.
Dame Meg Taylor DBE is a Papua New Guinean lawyer and diplomat. She received her LL.B degree from Melbourne University, Australia, and her LL.M degree from Harvard University, USA

In nominating her for the role in May, PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said Dame Meg had "a wealth of experience and knowledge that spanned 20 years in active service to the Government of Papua New Guinea".
Dame Meg Taylor was PNG's ambassador to the United States, Mexico and Canada from 1989 to 1994.
Pacific leaders meeting in Palau have also agreed to automatically lift Fiji's suspension from the Forum if the country's elections in September are deemed to be free and fair.
Australia will head the election observer group.

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