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Forum Compact review underway in Samoa

Apia, Samoa:Country consultations to inform a review of the Forum Compact began this week in Samoa.

Consultations will also be held in the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Nauru, Palau and Papua New Guinea over the next three weeks.

“Samoa welcomes this review and the review team,” said Peseta Noumea Simi, Chief Executive Officer, Samoa Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

“We have been a keen advocate for this initiative because it demonstrates Pacific countries taking ownership and leadership of their own development agendas and taking responsibility for strengthening governing systems. This review is timely as the Pacific region transitions to the integration and implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, the SAMOA Pathway and the Framework for Pacific Regionalism.”

In August 2009, Leaders were looking ahead to the deadline of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015 and were concerned that despite significant development financing in the Pacific, the region was lagging behind in achievement of the MDGs.

The key objective of the Forum Compact was to drive effective coordination of available development resources from both Forum Island Countries and all development partners, centred on the aim of achieving real progress against the MDGs.

The Compact was implemented through a package of seven initiatives which included;

i) the Annual regional tracking and reporting on the Pacific’s progress on the Millennium Development goals;

ii) Peer Review of country systems of planning, budgeting, public financial and aid management;

iii) implementation of the Pacific Public Financial Management Roadmap;

iv) Climate Finance Assessments; v) development partner reporting and peer reviews;

vi) Annual High Level Private Sector Dialogue with Pacific Leaders; and vii) infrastructure development.

 

“It is fitting that the Forum Compact review is starting with Samoa; I am grateful for the leadership they continue to demonstrate on regional cooperation,” said Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum.

Since 2009, 13 Forum Island Countries have completed country peer reviews; 14 have undertaken Public Financial Management and Accountability Assessments (PEFAs); five countries completed repeat PEFAs; eight completed their climate finance assessments; 17 development partners have reported on the effectiveness of their aid programming; and the private sector has had six annual Dialogues with both the Pacific Forum Leaders and, since 2014, with Forum Economic Ministers. 

The findings of the Review will be shared at the Pacific Multi-Stakeholders Dialogue on the 2030 Agenda/ SAMOA Pathway/FPR between May 30 and June 1st at the Forum Secretariat.  

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