Caption: 8th meeting of the Conference of the Pacific community with PM Bainimarama.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community must stay the course in remaining the apolitical regional organisation that is people-centred in its vision and mission and fair and equitable in the delivery of its service to its members.
Those were the sentiments of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola at the opening session of the 8th meeting of the conference of the Pacific community.
“The Secretariat of the Pacific Community, as the region’s leading technical and scientific organisation, has over the years been instrumental in guiding the Pacific people towards the achievement of their development goals,” Ratu Inoke said.
“It must stay the course in remaining the apolitical regional organisation that is people-centred in its vision and mission, and fair and equitable in the delivery of its service to its members.”
Minister Kubuabola in highlighting the 2012 Independent External Review (IER) of SPC said that the commissioning of the IER by the Director General with the approval of the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA) together with the resulting report and subsequent implementation of its recommendations had lifted the profile of SPC.
“I am happy to report that our Secretariat has implemented 37 out of 42 recommendations, it is progressing implementation on a further 3 and have deferred implementation of 2 recommendations to 2014,” Ratu Inoke said.
“They should be commended for embracing this whole heartedly.”
Minister Kubuabola also highlighted five critical areas (Sustainable financing of SPC’s work, Governance arrangements, SPC’s involvement in the post-2015 development agenda, Membership issues, HR challenges and DG’s proposed solutions for the new Director General and the leadership team to continue the good work, given that the process to address them has already been initiated and momentum must be sustained.
SPC’s new director general will be appointed tomorrow.