SPC works in a wide range of sectors with the aim of achieving three development outcomes – sustainable economic development, sustainable natural resource management and development, and sustainable human and social development. Established in January 2010, the Economic Development Division (EDD) works towards achieving all three outcomes, with a particular focus on sustainable economic development.
The division is located in Suva, Fiji but some staff are based in other Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs).
EDD Strategic Plan 2013–2015
EDD Strategic Plan 2013–2015 outlines EDD's strategic direction in delivering services to 22 Pacific Island members in two areas – energy and transport (aviation and maritime). the plan is a revision of the previous plan (2012–2017), which was revised in January 2013following the shift of EDD's ICT functions to the University of the South Pacific.
Moreover, keeping in line with SPC's new Corporate Plan 2013–2015, EDD's revised strategic plan spans a similar three-year timeframe. The revised plan is also in line with the regional responses required of SPC in the implementation of the energy and transport frameworks – Framework for Action on Energy Security in the Pacific and the Framework for Action on Transport Services. SPC's coordination role in the two areas places great responsibility on SPC to ensure that the implementation of these regional frameworks is based on the 'many partners, one team' approach.
Guided by the Strategic Plan 2013–2015, EDD steps up to assist Pacific Island people to respond effectively to the soft infrastructure challeges they face in the energy and transport sectors and move towards sustainable economic development.
English copies of the Strategic Plan
French copies of the Strategic Plan
The goal of EDD is: sustainable economic development through accessible, affordable, efficient, secure and safe energy and transport services.
The division has five objectives for the period 2013 to 2015:
To establish and sustain effective regional coordination mechanisms and strategic partnerships
To support development and implementation of effective policies, plans and regulatory frameworks
To strengthen institutions and expertise in the energy and transport sectors
To improve access to affordable and efficient energy and transport services
The division consists of two programmes – Energy and Transport – and is headed by a Director supported by a Deputy Director (Energy) and a Deputy Director (Transport).
The EDD Director’s Office provides cross-cutting support to all EDD programmes in administration, finance, databases, publications, communication, reporting, economic analysis and monitoring and evaluation.