Hayes to Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers' Meeting
John Hayes ONZM
Parliamentary Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Media statement: 2 July 2012
John Hayes attending Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers' Meeting
John Hayes MP yesterday left for Kiribati to attend the Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers meeting in Tarawa.
As the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Hayes is representing Finance Minister Bill English at the meeting, which runs from July 2 to July 4.
Attending are 14 independent states from the Pacific, including New Zealand and Australia.
The Forum Economic Ministers meeting is the only regular meeting for economic ministers in the Pacific region to meet and exchange ideas on how to increase growth and sustainable economic development for the region.
“New Zealand places significant importance on the region's continued growth and development,” Mr Hayes says. “Discussions cover how to improve public finance management, development co-ordination and revenue collection across the region.
“We are very keen to hear other ministers' views on how we can lift sustainable economic growth in the region, ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum in August.”
Mr Hayes served as high commissioner to Papua New Guinea for three years during his time with the New Zealand Foreign Service. As well as being the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Hayes chairs Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee.