Team appointed for ‘Pacific Plan Review 2013’

An independent review of the Pacific Plan will be carried out by a team of leading Pacific experts in 2013.

At their annual meeting in the Cook Islands in September, Pacific Islands Forum Leaders nominated Sir Mekere Morauta, KCMG and former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea to lead the Review.

Following a competitive selection process, the remainder of his team has now been announced. The two Pacific Islands Forum country representatives are Mrs Peseta Noumea Simi, Assistant CEO of Finance (Aid Coordination Debt Management) in Samoa’s Ministry of Finance, and Mr Redley Killion, former Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and former Senator of the FSM state of Chuuk.

The two international consultants are Mr. Peter Bazeley of the United Kingdom and Dr. Nick Poletti of New Zealand. Mr. Bazeley’s development career spans over 28 years’ work in the Pacific, Africa and Asia, during which time he as an adviser within the UK Department for International Development’s Policy Division and a senior independent expert working on development strategy and aid effectiveness issues. Dr. Poletti has over 15 years experience working as a consultant in the areas of strategic planning, public sector reform and economic development. He has designed and managed public sector reform programmes in South Australia, Papua New Guinea, India, and Afghanistan.

“The consultants will have primary responsibility for producing the written outputs of the Review, including a Review report and a refreshed Pacific Plan, under the guidance of Sir Mekere” explained the Forum Secretary General, Tuiloma Neroni Slade.

“Country representatives will take part in consultations for the Review and will bring their national and regional experience to bear in the development of the Review’s written outputs.”

Mr Slade added that the Review team will meet in Suva early next month, when they will hold initial discussions and draw up the Review methodology.

“The Forum Secretariat extends its sincere thanks to all Members who submitted nominations for the country official roles in the Review team, and appreciation to all the individuals who applied as consultants”, he said. “Members’ ongoing support for the Review, and in particular, engagement in and support for in-country consultations, is much appreciated.”

Country consultations in Forum Member and Associate countries will be scheduled from mid-January to early April 2013.

The Pacific Plan Review 2013 will be an independent exercise, administratively supported by the Forum Secretariat. It will assess the Pacific Plan’s effectiveness since its inception, and recommend future directions. The Review was endorsed by Forum Leaders at their annual meeting held in August in the Cook Islands. They noted changes in the regional and international context since the Pacific Plan was first endorsed in 2005 as a strategy for regional cooperation and integration.

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For further information please contact Mue Bentley Fisher at the Forum Secretariat via mueb@forumsec.org.fj.