The National, Wednesday 24th April 2013
CIVIL society and women groups will today meet with the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC) to review plans to build regional consensus on the future direction of the Pacific Plan.
The meeting will be held at the IPA Haus at Konedobu, National Capital District.
A media notice issued by CIMC stated that the Pacific Plan review team would discuss:
l Political, social and economic factors framing member countries and their various shareholder group interest in (or lack of interest in) greater regional cooperation and integration;
l Important and legitimate constituents of regional public goods;
l Distinction between a plan for regional cooperation and integration;
l The governance of collective governance action at the regional level, including priority setting, financing and accountability; and
l Member countries appetite (or lack of appetite) for different degrees and forms of collective action and pooled resourcing in the delivery of regional public goods.
CIMC secretariat executive officer Wallis Yakam said the consultation aimed to create awareness and to test views of all non-state actors, especially local civil society organisations, to promote keen and transparent discussion on some of the critical issues, challenges and constraints affecting the member countries of the region.
“It is an opportunity for the local NGOs to participate and share the challenges, issues and constraints for the review team to consider and take to the regional level for deliberations,” she said.