Report – By the PMC news desk
An independent review team of leading experts has been named to consider the Pacific Plan during this year.
Pacific Islands Forum leaders nominated a former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Sir Mekere Morauta, to lead the review at the Forum meeting in the Cook Islands last September.
Following a competitive selection process, the rest of his team has been named.
The two Forum country representatives are Peseta Noumea Simi, Assistant CEO of Finance (Aid Coordination Debt Management) in Samoa’s Ministry of Finance, and Redley Killion, former Vice-President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
Two international consultants have been named as Peter Bazeley of the United Kingdom and Dr Nick Poletti of New Zealand.
Bazeley’s development career spans over 28 years’ work in the Pacific, Africa and Asia, during which time he was 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 more than 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” said 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.”|
Tuiloma added that the review team would meet in Suva early next month to 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.
In a recent article on Pacific Media Centre Online, Pacific development analyst Roman Grynberg examined the successes and criticised failures in Pacific economic and political policy and suggested some themes.