Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
2013 Pacific Plan Review Consultations Underway
The team charged with carrying out the Pacific Plan Review 2013 begins extensive national consultations across the region this week.
Led by the Right Honourable Sir Mekere Morauta, KCMG, the team begins national consultations in Samoa, moving on to Tonga, Tuvalu, New Zealand, Australia, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands over the course of February.
Further country consultations are scheduled to take place across the Pacific in March, April and May. The review team’s consultation schedule is available on the Pacific Plan Review 2013 website,http://www.pacificplanreview.org.
"This first round of national consultations is particularly important in setting the foundation for this important review," said Sir Mekere. "Seeking frank, constructive and insightful input from national stakeholders is essential for mapping out the future of regional cooperation and integration, and for my team’s recommendations to Pacific Islands Forum Leaders."
Sir Mekere’s team members include Mrs Noumea Simi of Samoa, Mr. Redley Killion of the Federated States of Micronesia, and consultants Mr. Nick Poletti and Mr. Peter Bazeley. In addition, the Government of Papua New Guinea is supporting Mr. Robert Igara as adviser to Sir Mekere.
The Pacific Plan Review 2013 aims to build regional consensus on the future direction of the Pacific Plan and provide a platform for prioritizing regional cooperation and integration efforts over the next decade.
"National priorities are expected to be discussed at great length in relation to the Pacific Plan and whether it has been an effective platform for collective action on regional and global issues," said Sir Mekere. "While the Pacific Plan has had its successes and provides a strong platform to guide regional cooperation and integration, challenges remain."
The review team will present its preliminary findings at a special sitting of the Pacific Plan Action Committee (PPAC) mid-year. A second round of evidence-gathering and focused consultation is scheduled for June/July 2013, prior to the preparation of a final report to the annual meeting of Pacific Islands Forum Leaders in September 2013.
"I would like to remind all stakeholders that they are welcome to submit written submissions to the review team via our website, www.pacificplanreview.org," said Sir Mekere.
"I encourage organizations, special interest groups and individuals from far and wide to participate in this important process. Make your views known and take part in shaping our region’s future, for the benefit of our proud nations and peoples."
Submissions for the Pacific Plan Review close May 2013.
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