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PICPA and Commonwealth Ombudsman Sign MOU

The Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA) and the Commonwealth Ombudsman have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the primary objective of enhancing collaborative activities between the two organisations for the benefit of Pacific Island Countries (PICs).  Within the ambit of the MoU, the two organisations are working closely to develop administrative guidelines and templates on issues such as Conflicts of Interest and Good Decision Making and Reasons for Decisions among others to be rolled out for use throughout the public sector in the Pacific region for the purposes of improving accountability of public office holders.

Commonwealth Ombudsman Mr Colin Neave said “Networks and alliances are very important for integrity agencies and for public administration in general. This includes regional organisations such as the Pacific Ombudsman Alliance.  This MoU will help to build and support new and existing alliances in the Pacific region and the activities generated will assist in the development of skills for Integrity Agencies Officers in many Pacific countries.”

Mr Parmesh Chand, Director PICPA said that his office is looking forward to forging closer working relationships with the Commonwealth Ombudsman, fully capitalising upon the intent and purposes of the MoU for improved flow on benefits to public servants in the PICs.  He said that accountability, integrity and good governance in work activities pursued by the public officers is key to improving public service delivery and inspiring confidence in ordinary members of the public that state resources are put to best and optimum use.

Both organisations share the view that the MoU will result in significant achievements over the next few years in the sphere of integrity and good public administration.

The Commonwealth Ombudsman is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to deliver a Governance and Anti-Corruption program for PICs.

PICPA is established within the University of the South Pacific to respond to the identified needs and plans of PICs to strengthen public administration to improve service delivery to their people and enable faster economic growth.

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