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Press Release

The Hon Joe Hockey, MP

Minister for Financial Services and Regulation


01 July 1999





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


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


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


The action plan spelt out strategic issues of importance to the region in promoting 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 problems of implementing economic reform and removing impediments to private-sector development.



Media Contact:

Matthew Abbott, Minister’s office, (02) 6277 7230, 0413 076 213

Gary Johnston, Department of the Treasury, (02) 6263 3757


The Minister’s media releases and speeches are available on



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