Lecture to put New Caledonian integration in spotlight
New Caledonia’s integration into the Pacific is the subject of an upcoming lecture by the Official Representative of New Caledonia to New Zealand, based at the French Embassy in Wellington.
Dr. Yves Lafoy will explore the strengths and challenges facing the territory as New Caledonia, under the provisions of the Nouméa Accord signed in May 1998, seeks further regional integration when he gives the Queen Sālote Tupou III lecture at Massey University’s Albany campus on December 6.
The lecture follows a Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) decision in September to accord New Caledonia (and French Polynesia) full membership of the forum.
As well as providing details of New Caledonia’s institutions, economy and trade flows, Dr. Lafoy will explain New Caledonia’s foreign policy in terms of regional integration. In particular, he will focus on the PIF’s Pacer Plus agreement negotiations, the Melanesian Spearhead Group Trade Agreement 2 (MSGTA2) and the role and missions of the Delegation of New Caledonia to New Zealand.
The lecture will also provide some practical recommendations for doing business in New Caledonia.
Dr. Lafoy, who was appointed the Official Representative of New Caledonia to New Zealand in November 2012, said it was an honour to have been invited to give the lecture.
He has represented New Caledonia at numerous technical and political fora in the Pacific region, and has a specialized knowledge and experience of the region’s geopolitical landscape.
The lecture will be held in the atrium round room of Massey Univeristy’s Albany campus at 6.30pm.