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Ciobo to embark on Pacific tour

December 6, 2015 9:45 pm

Australian Minister for the Pacific, Steven Ciobo will lead a bipartisan delegation to Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Solomon Islands to strengthen Australia’s relationship with Pacific neighbors.

Ciobo says they will meet with senior government, private sector and community representatives and observe the results of Australian aid
investments.

The delegation will include Members of Parliament and senators from Australia.

Ciobo also says he will advocate Australia’s policy priorities, including: reducing gender-based violence, boosting economic growth, improving climate change resilience, supporting private sector development, and increasing labour mobility.

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The visit occurs during the ‘16 Days of Activism to End Gender-based Violence’.

The delegation will engage with Pacific Island countries on ways to further stimulate long-term growth and regional integration.

Australia has already committed $1 billion to build climate change resilience and reduce emissions over the next five years.

The delegation begins its travels today.

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