[Pacific Plan Review 2013] Non-state actors consulted in Pacific Plan Review
PRESS STATEMENT 06/13
22nd February 2013
CAPTION: Stakeholders participating in the Pacific Plan Review consultations hosted at VANGOheadquarters in Port Vila
The Pacific Plan Review team departed from Vanuatu this week after three full days of consultations with politicians, government officials, regional organisations, academics, and non-government stakeholders.
VANGO – the Vanuatu Association of NGOs, a member of the regional network Pacific Island Association of NGOs (PIANGO) – hosted an afternoon consultation session for the Review team, at which a wide range of civil society groups were represented.
“It was illuminating to hear civil society perspectives on the potential scope and benefits of greater regional cooperation and integration,” said Review team country official, Ms Peseta Noumea Simi, who led the consultation session at VANGO.
“These groups are very connected to what is happening at the grass-roots, community level, and they have good ideas on how regional priorities and progress can be better communicated back to civil society.”
The NGO groups were joined by a representative from the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a member of the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), which works across the region to enhance private sector involvement in policy making.
In separate meetings, the Review team also met with other non-governmental groups in Vanuatu, including the Pacific Institute for Public Policy, a regional policy “think tank”.
The Review team’s next consultations will take place in the Cook Islands—the current Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum—and in Forum Associate Member country French Polynesia.
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