“We want to engage with our neighbours”

Bainimarama and Louis Mapou
Voreqe Bainimarama and Louis Mapou

New Caledonia at the Pacific Islands Forum

“The future of New Caledonia is not in Europe – the future of New Caledonia is in the Pacific region.”

That’s President Louis Mapou, the first pro-independence Kanak politician to head the Government of New Caledonia in 40 years. Elected in July 2021, President Mapou was the first Kanak leader to sit in the Pacific Islands Forum leaders retreat since his country joined the regional organisation as a full member in 2016.

Speaking to Islands Business in Fiji, Mapou said: “We are so happy to . . .

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