Forum stresses need to strengthen development partners

Pacific Islands Forum said here Tuesday that its development partners have agreed on the importance of better coordinating their initiatives to strengthen democratic institutions and good governance in the region.

According to a Forum release, the agreement was reached at a meeting on development partner coordination on strengthening democratic institutions organized by the Forum and the Commonwealth as part of a regional workshop being held in Brisbane, Australia, on Feb. 27-29.

At the meeting, the Forum briefed development partners on its initiatives to implement the Good Governance Pillar of the Pacific Plan, while the Commonwealth updated the meeting on the work of the Commonwealth Pacific Governance Facility (CPGF) based in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

One of the proposed focus areas of work for the CPGF included the promotion of a “whole of government” approach to fostering democratic oversight institutions.

Max Everest-Phillips, Director of the Commonwealth’s Governance and Institutional Development Division, was quoted as saying that the work of the CPGF should be seen in light of Commonwealth’s core commitment to “just and honest government.”

One of the Commonwealth’s key strengths is the practical value to its membership of the shared tradition in public administration, which allows genuine south-south cooperation and learning in the governance capabilities that underpin the two Commonwealth goals — development and democracy, says the Forum release.


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