Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism
We work towards strengthened partnerships, enhanced co-ordination and assistance in support of the effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Forum Leaders decisions and the Framework for Pacific Regionalism.

The specialist sub-committee was appointed by the Forum Troika Panel. It plays a vital role in the implementation of the Framework for Pacific Regionalism. This expert panel makes important decisions on the regional priorities to be put forward for Pacific Islands Leaders consideration at their annual Forum. The SSCR will not only apply the tests for regional action set out in the Framework, but will also draw on advice from a broad range of sources, including CROP agencies, to determine where the region’s needs are, and how best these can be addressed through the Framework. Download the SSCR’s terms of reference here.

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is the standing chair of the sub-committee, and the seven other members are drawn from a range of diverse backgrounds, all possessing key skill sets and areas of expertise that they will apply to their work. The current eight members of the SSCR are as follows:

MELANESIA: Mr Leonard Louma (PNG) currently serves as Consultant to the Papua New Guinean Department of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Louma has had a lengthy and highly commended public service career, in which he has gained extensive experience in regional integration policy implementation,

strategic priority setting and regional development. Mr. Louma has served in Papua New Guinea’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, and Embassies in Paris and Beijing. Mr. Louma also served as Papua New Guinea’s Roving Ambassador to APEC, ASEAN and ESCAP.


MICRONESIA: Mr Gustav Aitaro (Palau) is the current Director of Foreign Affairs in the Government of Palau, and has experience and expertise in economic planning, public policy formulation and implementation, sustainable development, gender issues and geopolitical relations in the Pacific region. Mr. Aitaro has represented Palau on a range of CROP agency governing councils.






POLYNESIA: Mr Lopeti Senituli (Tonga) currently holds the position of CEO of the Tongan Ministry of Internal Affairs. He has extensive experience in civil society organisations, having previously headed the Pacific Concerns Resource Centre and Tonga’s Community Development Trust. Mr. Senituli has also served as Press Secretary and Political Advisor to the Prime Minister, and Senior Executive Officer of the Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industries.

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND: Mr John Davidson (Australia) has extensive experience in the implementation of policy and loan- and grant-based programs. He has particular expertise in regional approaches to development issues, governance and public sector reform, service delivery in decentralised governance systems, organisational development, and alternative activity delivery modalities. Mr. Davidson has worked extensively in Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, as well as with the World Bank.

SMALLER ISLAND STATES: Ms Teresa Manarangi-Trott (Cook Islands) is a founder of the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation. She has experience in strategic priority setting and high-level advisory work, and knowledge of economic management, public policy and sustainable development. Ms. Manarangi-Trott has supported the implementation of both Cook Islands Government initiatives, and projects undertaken by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, European Union and Australian and New Zealander Development Programmes.

CIVIL SOCIETY: Mr William Kostka (FSM) is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Conservation Society of Pohnpei and the Micronesia Conservation Trust. He has served as Coordinator of both the Pacific Islands Managed and Protected Areas Community (PIMPAC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature Marine Program. He has a strong background in non-profit management, conservation financing, organizational capacity building and development, community engagement, and civil society-government relations.


PRIVATE SECTOR: Mr Peter Kiely (NZ) is currently Chair of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation, an independent partnership between the private and public sectors in New Zealand and Pacific Island countries. A lawyer in private practice in Auckland for 30 years, he has extensive knowledge of the Pacific’s private sector, having provided advisory support to business councils in PNG, Fiji, French Polynesia and New Caledonia. Mr Kiely has actively participated in Private Sector Dialogues at various Pacific Islands Forum Meetings. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Pacific Island Trade and Invest.



CHAIR: Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.





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