Photo caption: Dr Jimmie Rodgers, Mr Sefuiva Reupena Muagututia, Gerald Haberkorn.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) holds this week the 4th regional conference of Heads of Statistics and Planning, in his headquarter in Noumea.
This regional conference has three key objectives,
– Review of Ten Year Pacific Statistics Strategy implementation
– Report of an external mid-term review of Phase 1 Implementation of Ten Year Pacific Statistics Strategy
– Discussion of pressing and newly emerging policy matters impacting on statistical activities
Dr Jimmie Rodgers, SPC Director General said this HOPS was the most important and strategic meeting for Pacific Statisticians, as the statisticians and planners need to be able to shape the Post 2015 development agenda. As top advisers, they have the opportunity to influence the future development agenda for the Pacific through the provision of the best possible advice to leaders on what the region’s position should be going forward and agree on how best it can be measured. During this week, the new SPCs’ Statistic Division (former Statistic Development Program), will present the work they do at a regional level to respond to the keys objectives of the meeting.
Gerald Haberkorn, Statistics for Development Division Director, emphasised the meeting will allows members to discuss as a group the “contributions made by the Statistics for Development Division in collaboration with its development partners to statistical development in the region”, and also “consider the pressing and newly emerging policy matters and their implications on national and regional statistical activities”.
This meeting is also the opportunity to present the “jointly commissioned by AusAID and SPC review of the Ten Year Pacific Statistics Strategy (TYPSS) to provide feedback on implementation, relevance objectives and priorities” according to Gerald Haberkorn.
The meeting thanked the outgoing chair, Mr Sefuiva Reupena Muagututia, Samoa’s government of Statistics, for his stewardship and guidance, and welcomed Mr Simil Johnson Youse, government statistician for Vanuatu and the chair of the 4th Heads of Statistics and Planning meeting.