The Pacific Local Government Association Network (PiLGAN) launched

In July 2013 – during the ARIAL final seminar on Sharing Good Practices held in Auckland – a general meeting of Pacific delegates formally established the Pacific Islands Local Government Association Network (PiLGAN), a representative structure whose main purpose is to provide National Local Government Associations with a forum where members can come together to support each other through exchange of experiences and ideas and at the same time provide a stronger voice for local government in the Pacific.

The Pacific Islands Local Government Association Network was officially launched by the Chairperson of the CLGF Board and President of the Local Government of New Zealand (LGNZ), Mayor Lawrence Yale. Among invited guest was Rev. Uesifili Unasi who is the current Chair of the Auckland Councils Pacific People’s Advisory Panel, Mr. Sua William, MP for Magere and the Deputy Secretary of CLGF, Lucy Slack. There were also representatives from the LGNZ (Local Government of New Zealand) from Wellington, the Hunter Group of Councils from Newcastle in Australia, FSPI and VNG International officials.

Those who were present during the formal establishment of the Regional network are the local government associations from the 4 Pacific Islands, Cook Islands Local Government Association, MIMA (Marshall Islands Mayors Association), LAAV (Local Authority Association of Vanuatu), and KiLGA (Kiribati Local Government Association).

The Pacific Islands Local Government Network is thus established to support continuation of the work of Local Governments in the Pacific as effective agents for development and to promote Local Economic Development of the region with CLGF providing Secretariat duties.

Mayor James Matayoshi from the Marshall Island Mayors Association is the current Chair of PiLGAN.

 


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