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Sen. English Attends Asia Pacific Forum in Tahiti

July 5, 2012, 9:08 AM HST
* Updated July 5, 9:11 AM
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Sen. J. Kalani English. Courtesy file photo.

By Wendy Osher

Senator J. Kalani English of Maui is in Tahiti where he is attending a two day forum on how to build a more resilient Pacific in the 21st century.

The event, hosted by the Club de Madrid, and the Government of French Polynesia, is aimed at identifying and discussing strategies to promote greater socio-economic development in the Pacific.

“Hawaii and other communities in the Pacific cannot sit idly by and watch the world evolve around us,” said Sen. English, Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs.

The intent of the forum is to render the region more resilient, connected to the world, and capable of effectively delivering to its citizens.

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“Hawaii’s unique geographical position, history, and diverse ethnic and cultural ties with others in the Pacific have played pivotal roles in the shaping of our socio-economic position in the world. It is important that we continue to work together with our friends in the Pacific to build on each others’ strengths and encourage a better, more sustainable future for all,” he said.

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A wide range of issues to be discussed includes geopolitical, socio-economic, and environmental concerns.

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