Pacific Day 2013

  • Monday, Jun 17, 2013
  • The CSIS Pacific Partners Initiative and the Ambassadors and Representatives of Pacific Island Countries and Territories in Washington, D.C. cohosted the annual “Pacific Day” on June 17. The event will feature a seminar from 4:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and a reception from 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. “Pacific Day” was held at the Embassy of New Zealand. Admission to the event is by invitation only, but the seminar was webcast live on For more information, email Michael Appleton, Second Secretary (Political) at the Embassy of New Zealand.

    Further information, including bios for all speakers, is available in the Pacific Day 2013 Seminar Program on this page.


    4:00 p.m.   Introduction

    Ernie Bower
    Co-Director, Pacific Partners Initiative, CSIS

    4:05 p.m.   Keynote address: Pacific Island Policy Challenges 

    Hon. Henry Puna
    Prime Minister of the Cook Islands and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum

    4:25 p.m.   Q&A with Prime Minister Puna

    Moderated by Ernie Bower
    4:35 p.m.   The Micronesia Challenge

    Hon. Hersey Kyota
    Dean of the Pacific Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Palau

    4:50 p.m.   Refreshments break

    5:00 p.m.   Panel discussion: The Future of the Pacific


    Kiran Ahuja
    Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

    Faipule Salesio Lui
    Ulu of Tokelau

    Edgard Kagan
    Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Affairs

    Craig Hawke
    Head of New Zealand Development Program

    Adam Shumacher
    Director of the Office of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, USAID

    6:00 p.m.   Concluding remarks

    Ernie Bower
    Co-Director, Pacific Partners Initiative, CSIS

    6:15 - 9:00 p.m. Reception

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