PIDP's Role as Regional Secretariat
Since its inception as a Regional Organization, the Pacific Islands Development Program has served as the Secretariat to the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders (PICL). The PICL meets every three years to discuss issues of concern to the Pacific Islands nations and territories, while its Standing Committee meets on a yearly basis to review PIDP's programs. In 1990, PIDP was also given the task of being the Secretariat for the United States/Pacific Island Nations Joint Commercial Commission , which promotes and enhances trade, investment and commercial linkages between the U.S. and the island nations.