In collaboration with Pacific governments, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has to date developed joint country strategies for its 22 island member countries and territories. These strategies outline, in one integrated document, the full scope of SPC’s assistance to individual Pacific Community members over a defined period, based on the country’s own priorities and national development strategy.
SPC Director-General, Dr Jimmie Rodgers, says “For SPC, the joint country strategies underpin our working relationship with our members. They describe the services our programmes will provide in each country, from training and technical assistance to policy advisory services, and above all, they identify priority areas and activities very clearly. This is important when there are limited resources, and when new challenges are emerging.”
To date, joint country strategy missions have been completed for Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Pitcairn Islands, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Wallis and Futuna. Four more missions remain for 2009 – to American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, French Polynesia and Samoa; and 2010 will cover Fiji, Guam, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.
SPC is working with other regional agencies and development partners to explore ways of cooperating in developing and implementing the joint country strategies.