Conference on New Caledonia’s regional integration [fr]
Dr Yves Lafoy, Official Representative of New Caledonia to New Zealand, in conjunction with the NZIIA, will present a conference on the Political and Economic Challenges of New Caledonia’s Regional Integration on Thursday the 4th of June.
Organised in association with the Wellington branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA), the forthcoming talk on New Caledonia will cover:
- New Caledonia’s institutional framework,
- Current political context and its impact on the territory’s unique economy,
- Recent foreign policy development, a necessary step for New Caledonia’s integration into the Pacific region
This presentation follows on and is complementary to a series of conferences on New Caledonia given in August last year in Christchurch, Timaru and Dunedin.
Click HERE to access a flyer about this event.
Dr Yves Lafoy
Designated by the Government of New Caledonia, Dr Yves Lafoy, “Official Representative of New Caledonia to New Zealand”, took up his position as part of the Embassy of France on November 15th, 2012.
This position is unprecedented in the Pacific region and results from the Nouméa accord (1998) which provided a framework for the irreversible transfer of competences from France to New Caledonia.
In terms of external relations, a power co-exercised by France and New Caledonia, the position of “Official Representative of New Caledonia to New Zealand” results from an overall agreement signed in 2012 between the governments of France and New Caledonia, to establish, within the French embassies of New Caledonia’s neighbouring states, an “Official Representative network” to increase New Caledonia’s presence and visibility within the region. Accredited by the New Zealand Government, the Official Representative’s attributions include bilateral and multilateral sectors:
- to ensure formal representation of New Caledonia to New Zealand,
- to achieve bilateral cooperation between New Caledonia and New Zealand, in the fields of politics, economy, culture and education, and science and innovation,
- to contribute to the development of trade relations between the two countries.
- to oversee relations between New Caledonia and the Pacific Islands Forum.
The New Zealand Institute of International Affairs is an independent non-governmental organisation that seeks to encourage an understanding of the importance of global affairs to the political and economic well-being of New Zealand.
The NZIIA has ten branches spread throughout the country: Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Hawke’s Bay, Nelson, Palmerston North, Tauranga, Timaru, Wairarapa and Wellington. Each has a locally elected chair and is responsible for its own programme of lectures and seminars on international issues.