Public sector 'fale' for Pacific good governance

A new hub dedicated to improving the quality of public service agencies across the Pacific will be established in New Zealand, the country’s Foreign Minister has announced. 

The new institution for promoting good governance is to be known as the Pacific Public Service Fale, according to a statement released by the New Zealand Government on Tuesday.

Public sector executives from Samoa and other countries across the region will be able to make use of the Fale's provision of advisory services, training and technical assistance.

“Strengthening public services is a core focus of New Zealand’s Pacific Reset, as efforts to improve democratic governance in the Pacific contributes to a strong, stable and more secure region in which New Zealand is anchored,” Vaovasamanaia  Winston Peters said on Tuesday. 

The Fale will be part of New Zealand’s State Services Commission based in Wellington.

Vaovasa said that the goals of the centre were to promote the values of accountability, transparency and the value of human rights in governance institutions across the Pacific. 

“Under the Pacific Reset, New Zealand is generating creative solutions to challenges and working in partnership in the region to advance these,” Vaovasa said. 

“Pacific countries want strong public sectors to deliver the services that are critical to the well-being of their people, and this Pacific Public Service Fale will assist in providing exactly that to all Pacific Islands Forum Members and Tokelau,” Mr Peters said.  

The establishment of the Fale was a product of discussions last year at the Pacific Public Service Commissioners’ Conference in Wellington. 

Other Pacific states and territories part of the Public Service Commissioners’ Conference and who will be invited to make use of the hub include: the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

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