Cook Islands Development Partners to attend round table meeting
Representatives of development partners from New Zealand, Australia, the European Union and China as well as regional and international organisations will gather for the annual Round Table Meeting on Rarotonga later this month.
The meeting includes a series of bilateral discussions, facilitated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, with key development partners on Monday 30 January 2012 followed by an evening networking event with representatives of government, private sector and civil society groups.
The meeting will culminate with day-long Round Table discussions on Tuesday 31 January 2012 chaired by the Minister of Finance and Economic Management Hon Mark Brown and featuring an address by the Prime Minister Hon Henry Puna followed by session to focus on the National Sustainable Economic Development Plan 2011-15; Public Sector Reforms; Renewable Energy; and Improved Water Services.
“The Round Table Meeting theme ‘Atui’anga Maoraora - Share’ fittingly alludes to the emphasis the Government wishes to place on building strong relationships with our development partners based on collaboration, mutual benefit and understanding, openness, respect, and which recognises and builds on our potential and capability,” said Prime Minister Henry Puna.
“Most importantly we are keen to pursue a development assistance process that meets the national needs and priorities we have identified ourselves and which honours and builds on local leadership and our existing resources and strengths.”
More than 60 people are expected to attend the meeting including representatives of Asia Development Bank; European Investment Bank, and the United Nations.
The Prime Minister said the number of development partners had risen four-fold in a decade bringing with it the need to encourage more joint approaches, shared planning and implementation cycles to improve coordination and better deliver development impact; and greater use of national systems that reduce administration (e.g. project management) costs were amongst a range of issues likely to arise in discussions with development partners.
He said there was also a need to encourage partners to focus on long term sustainable impact by building local capacity, and working more effectively with Government and national stakeholders to facilitate better-informed and faster decision-making.
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