Prime Minister and Minister for Immigration Dr Robert Woonton is setting up a committee to review immigration policy and procedures in the Cook Islands.
Announcing the move today, Dr Woonton said the committee would provide useful recommendations for himself and Cabinet to consider in establishing future immigration policy.
“The review is timely as the future of immigration is vital and is a very important factor in shaping the future of our nation,” he said.
Dr Woonton noted that the policies and procedures currently being implemented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration appeared outdated and might not quite address the circumstances that faced the Cook Islands today.
The committee will consist of Te Tika Mataiapo (Dorice Reid) as chairperson, and John Kenning as vice-chairman. Members will be Tou Ariki, John Tangi and Mere Raita.
“The committee has a good mixture of representatives from our tourism and business community as well as the outer islands, our traditional and religious sectors and local government,” the prime minister said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration will act in an advisory capacity to the committee and will provide secretarial support.