Tuesday, December 16, 2008


The meeting of the Forum Officials Committee (FOC) currently underway at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji has approved the Secretariat’s new Corporate Plan 2008 – 2012.

The FOC is the governing council of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and it comprises of senior officials from the 16 Forum member governments.

Writing in the foreword of the Corporate Plan, Secretary General of the Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade says: “The new Corporate Plan rationalises and streamlines the nine programmes under the previous Corporate Plan into four more focused and strategic programmes.

“Two of the strategic programme areas now focus on economic governance, and political governance and security where the Secretariat provides direct policy advice. The other two relate to the regional coordination of the Secretariat and its Corporate Services.

“The Plan strives to better project and articulate the Secretariat’s core functions and priorities; to minimise duplication of functions with other regional partner organisations; and to effectively utilise limited regional resources; to facilitate the efficient performance of the Secretariat’s responsibilities,” says Mr Slade when presenting the Plan to the FOC meeting.

He adds: “This Corporate Plan aims to strengthen the Forum Secretariat and to improve its services to Member Governments and their communities.

“It seeks also to enhance the relationships between the Secretariat and other CROP (Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific) agencies and other stakeholders.”

The new Corporate Plan extends over five years and introduces a new planning framework for the Forum Secretariat.

Forum Secretary General, Mr Slade explains: “The new arrangement is a four-tiered one with the Corporate Plan at the apex and the annual work programme at the base.

“ To provide the necessary supporting framework the Corporate Plan is underpinned by programme strategic plans for each of the programme areas, setting out in detail strategies, activities and performance indicators for implementation over 2 – 3 years.”

The programme strategic plans are developed with reference to the over-arching Corporate Plan, the Leaders’ communiqu├ęs and various other high level directives as well as in consultation with other key holders.

The programme strategic plans contain a three-year work programme and budget.

They will be reviewed mid-term and updated as appropriate.

The Corporate “Plan on a Page” will be developed to cover each staff member’s individual work plan.

 In turn these plans will feed into the annual work programme and budget process.

The Corporate Plan 2008 – 2012 will be reviewed mid-term.

For more information contact Ms Stephanie Jones, the Forum Secretariat’s Director Corporate Services on phone 679 331 2600 or email: stephaniej@forumsec.org.fj




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