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South Pacific Forum Economic Ministers Meeting

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The Minister for Financial Services & Regulation, Joe Hockey, will represent Australia at the 3rd annual South Pacific Forum Economic Ministers Meeting, to be held in Apia, Samoa on 1-2


The meeting aims to help Forum Governments implement economic policies to achieve sustainable development.

The meeting provides member countries w ith the opportunity to review progress in the implementation of the Forum Economic Action Plan, which was^adopted in 1997.

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Minister for Financial Services & Regulation - '

Parliament H ouse, Canberra ACT 2600


Telephone (61 2) 6277 7230 Facsimile (61 2) 6273 4075

The action plan spelt out strategic issues of importance to the region in prom oting trade, investment, private sector development and good governance.

In this context, Economic Ministers will review their economic reforms and discuss ways to better implement their action plans.

The meeting's agenda has a strong emphasis on addressing the practical problem s of implementing economic reform and removing impediments to private-sector development.

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M edia Contact: M atthew A bbott, M inister's office, 02 6277 7230, 0413 076 213, Gary Johnston, D epartm ent of the Treasury, 02 6263 3757

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