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CIMC First and Second quarter newsletter - 2017

Welcome to our edition of the 2017 Paitim TalkTok Newsletter which comes in part A and Part B.

The CIMC has had a very hectic schedule in the first half of the year and was not able to bring to you information about the events and work of the CIMC during the first quarter. However this issue covers events for both quarters of the first six months of 2017 about new and continued work of the CIMC Secretariat, particularly the Regional Development Forums in the four regions of the country and the work undertaken by some of the nine CIMC Sectoral Committees.

The CIMC is pleased to inform you that the four Regional Development Forums have been successfully completed and the National Development Forum will be held later this month (June). Much of the forums’ events have been captured in this newsletter and we hope you will embrace the continued work of the CIMC and the intensions of the Development Forums undertaken. You can also read about some work done by the CIMC Sectoral Committees and their views on the implementation on certain sectoral policy and legislation and how such affects the smooth implementation of certain government policies.

CIMC fourth quarter newsletter

Activities undertaken by the CIMC during the fourth quarter of 2016 are captured in this newsletter that is made available for your information.

We also ook forward to bring to you events and activities of the first quarter of 2017.

Please check here for more details in the new year.

CIMC third quarter newsletter

The CIMC is pleased to bring to you its third quarter newsletter for this year.

All activities including meetings and workshops are featured in this newsletter.

Other activities covered during the final quarter of the year will be featured in the final version of our newsletter which is due next month.

We hope stakeholders get to appreciate the infromation provided on the work of the CIMC.

CIMC second quarter newsletter

All news items illustrating the undertakings of the CIMC during the first half of 2016 can be viewd here.

Due to financial constratints the CIMC was not able to carry out most of its planned activities during this period. However, it is anticipated to continue with some activities during the second half of the year.

Significantly the annual development forums have been affected, so we are not able to bring any updates on these events.

But we hope stakeholders will appreciate the infromation provided on some of the events and activities carried out by the CIMC.

 

All news for the second half of the year can be viewed in the second quarter newsletter.

PNG Resource Governance Coalition Holds Road show in Kokopo


Communities and Schools in parts of East New Britain will have an increased understanding about the importance of promoting resource governance following a series of activities hosted by PNG Resource Governance Coalition (PNGRGC) in Kokopo.
PNGRGC, the civil society alliance on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) conducted  its second road show from November 25-27, 2015 on the theme:” Know your right to resource projects and benefits sharing.”
The EITI is a voluntary, global effort designed to increase transparency, strengthen the accountability of natural resource revenue reporting, and build public trust for the governance of these vital activities.  It forms part of the government’s efforts to achieve progress towards the National Government’s vision put forward in 2015.
PNGRC is leading the charge  representing the Civil Society and helping to secure concrete commitments from governments, resource owners, companies and the civil society in PNG to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies that make government more effective and accountable in relation to developing energy resources. 
PNGRGC Secretariat Coordinator Mr Martyn Namorong was joined by representatives from civil society organisations and the government to share information with community members, civil society organisations, government and the private sector about the EITI initiative, PNGRGC roles, responsibilities and how to be part of the EITI campaign.
Mr Namarong said apart from raising awareness, the roadshow is a perfect opportunity for PNGRGC to gauge peoples’ views concerning resource projects and governance and how the coalition can improve and deliver advocacy campaigns and support services effectively.
The event also allowed the secretariat to identify and form an alliance with regional CSO’s and other coalitions with the hope of establishing provincial contact points.
“PNGRGC recognizes the difficult challenges ahead in implementing the EITI and looks forward to creating new partnerships and continuing the dialogue with government and industry about PNG's resources sectors.Informing communities about their participation in the EITI process is especially important for vulnerable citizens, including women, children and the marginalised, who may not have had the opportunity to be informed of these rights in the past and are now empowered.” said Mr Namorong
The roadshow is part of the Secretariat’s advocacy activities to help create a communication pathway from national to subnational level for information dissemination.
Key activities held were a media sensitisation workshop for local journalists, a closed breakfast for key business and provincial leaders and institutional visits to Malaguna Technical Secondary and Kokopo Secondary and open forum at the Vunapope Catholic Church Hall.

As part of the National Government’s commitment it provided PGK2.5 million through the Department of Treasury for setup of the PNGRGC and for it to conduct national awareness and advocacy on implementation of EITI in PNG.
The inaugural road show was held in Madang last month. 

New Land Mediation Charter Launched for Morobe Province

 
Communities in Morobe Province will be better able to monitor spending of land mediation service funds following the launch of the Morobe Land Mediation Service and Budget Charter in Lae on September 22 which will make budgetary information publicly available.
The Charter, produced by the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC) in partnership with the Papua New Guinea-Australia Law and Justice Partnership – Transition Program (PALJP-TP), outlines services, standards and allocated budgets for land mediation services delivered throughout Morobe Province.
The Morobe land mediation Charter was launched on the 22nd of September in Lae by the Deputy Chief Magistrate of Papua New Guinea, Mr Mark Pupaka.
Formally launching the Morobe Land Mediation Service and Budget Charter, Mr Pupaka said all Papua New Guineans are entitled to access information about government spending as highlighted by Section 51 of the PNG Constitution.
“It is a good checklist for those who are responsible for implementing the charter and also at the same time it gives an indication of what to expect. Land mediators also have a role to play in ensuring that the charter is implemented. It will keep all of us focused in our respective roles and at the same time keep people honest and accountable.  It is an important tool for compliance and monitoring and hope it will thrive.”  said Mr Pupaka
 The Charter may be used by all stakeholders to improve land mediation in the province and ensure accountability for the use of budgeted funds. 
The Charter was designed after extensive consultations and  a questionnaire based one on one survey with local stakeholders especially Land Mediators, district government officer and land mediation service users in identified districts (Markham, Lae, Huon Gulf and Bulolo) in Morobe province.
The survey done in three phases (initial consultation, actual survey, reporting findings to interviewees) was carried out from 12 July-20 August.
The Charter may be used by all stakeholders to improve land mediation in the province and ensure accountability for the use of budgeted funds.  The Charter was designed after extensive consultations with local stakeholders, who identified key concerns which included issues around access to transport to mediate land disputes, the impartiality of mediators, more frequent training for mediators, payment of their allowances and more transparency over the appointment and dismissal of mediators.
Following the launch, the CIMC conducted a workshop on budget and expenditure monitoring for stakeholders in the province.  This covered an explanation of the budget information in the Charter, and how to monitor expenditure against the appropriated budget for the sector. 
Making budgetary information publicly available through the Charters is anticipated to enable all stakeholders to ensure the budgeted funds are used as intended by the National and Provincial Governments. 
Matching the use of these funds against the budget will meet recipients demand for improved land mediation services and provide the platform for accountability and transparency to be instilled in the disbursement of funds.
This Charter, the first of its kind in Morobe Province is modelled on similar Charters done in Northern (Oro) and East New Britain Provinces covering the Kerevat Prison, Village Courts, and health and education services. 
The publication of all Charters and training of local stakeholders was funded by the Australian Government.
This is the first Charter of its kind in Morobe Province; however it is modelled on similar Charters in Northern Province which cover Village Courts, health and education services.  The publication of all Charters and training of local stakeholders was funded by the Australian Government.

Guidelines Supporting Family & Sexual Violence Survivors Launched

The CIMC Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC) launched the Guidelines to support a referral pathway of services for survivors of family and sexual violence at the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby in late November.
The guidelines are the collaborative result of partner organisations coordinated by the National Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee and with funding support from the Australian Government. 
The partners include government agencies, law and justice representatives, non-government and faith-based organisations, as well as the private sector. 
The guidelines were designed through a series of workshops aimed at creating greater awareness among agencies and service providers on organisational roles and responsibilities and internal protocols along the referral pathway, to ensure better support to survivors of family and sexual violence. 
Developing stronger links between the various organisations and services is expected to improve collaboration and increase efficient delivery of services to those seeking safety, protection, rehabilitation and justice.
The guidelines were officially launched by Acting Deputy Secretary Ms Roselyn Gwaibo, representing Dr Lawrence Kalinoe, Secretary of the Department of Justice and Attorney General and Chair of the FSVAC. 
Speaking on behalf of Dr Kalinoe, Ms Gwaibo said: “In multiple ways, family and sexual violence inhibits PNG from moving forward as a country.  We all – each single one of us – have to do what we can to stop this cycle of violence from repeating itself.  This also means government and non-government organisations working together and playing their part.  The government is committed to tackling this issue.”
Also speaking at the launch, Ms Ume Wainetti, National Coordinator of the FSVAC said:  “These guidelines will support and strengthen coordination of a referral pathway to ensure survivors access high quality services.  It is a guide that sets a bench mark for provincial partners to develop their own referral pathways and create directories of existing partners to work together to address family and sexual violence.”
Susan Ferguson, Counsellor of the Australian High Commission said: “The referral guidelines will no doubt help you offer the range of services countless survivors of family and sexual violence need to recover and rebuild their lives.  I commend the FSVAC and all partners on this significant achievement.
“The scope and breadth of the 20 Days of Activism campaign is testament to the ongoing perseverance of all your organisations, and the broader PNG community, and shows that more good work is being done to prevent and eventually eliminate such violence.  We must continue to confront this crime, for the wellbeing of our families and communities, and for the development of Papua New Guinea,” Ms Ferguson said.
Partners contributing to the referral guidelines include:  Department for Justice and Attorney General, Department for Community Development, Department of Health, NCDC Gender Desk, RPNGC, Office of the Public Prosecutor, Public Solicitor’s Office, Magisterial Services, Village Courts Secretariat, Development Law Association, UN Women, UNDP, PMGH Family Support Centre, Haus Ruth, Lifeline, PSI, Oxfam, Child Fund, Anglicare, FHi 360, Femili PNG, PNG Counsellors’ Association, Medicines Sans Frontieres and the Business Coalition for Women.

The Australian Government is committed to support the PNG Government in its efforts to end violence against women and children.  The workshops to develop the Referral Guidelines and their launch were coordinated by the FSVAC and funded by the Australian Government through the PNG-Australia Law and Justice Partnership – Transition Program.

Appropriate Drought Response Coordination lacking in PNG 

Drought response coordination by government in consultation with stakeholders is an issue that has to be fixed by government to ensure drought relief supplies reach the neediest and is not driven by specific interests.
 This was expressed by members of the CIMC Agriculture Sectoral Committee at its meeting held at the Ela Beach Hotel in Port Moresby last week.
Former Secretary for the Department of Agriculture and Livestock and drought assessor with the United Church, Mr Mathew Kanua said donor organisations and development partners are calling on the government to better coordinate the relief effort.
After completing assessments in Western Highlands, Southern Highlands, Hela and Enga provinces Mr Kanua says the staple crop, sweet potato, has been decimated in the higher altitudes where food shortages are well advanced but relief supplies are missing.
Similar sentiments were raised by Mr John Inerehu from the Highlands Small Holders Coffee Industry. He said it is a peak period when people are experiencing massive food shortages.
“In the highlands, sweet potato is no longer available in abundance; five pieces of kaukau are sold for K5.00 and eight pieces for K10.00 at the Goroka market. So it is becoming expensive to buy basic food items and people are suffering in the villages”, he said.
He also pointed out that some district administrations did not have drought relieve strategies in place so there was no way they could respond efficiently to drought emergencies in many parts of the highlands.
The Committee noted that a lot of people and organisations could step in to assist but coordination was missing so support was not forth coming or in some cases particular organisations were stretching their resources so there was a requirement for better coordination to address the El Niño imposed drought in the country.
Development partners relieve assistance which should be provided through existing government systems were also not coming or were yet to be mobilised due to lack of available coordinating mechanisms.
Apart from relief efforts the National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI) is preparing to send out clean planting material that have been taken through tissue culture cleaning processes.
Planting material and seeds sent to farmers for recovery purposes will be made disease free and to withstand certain weather conditions so that the research process undertaken by NARI are not questioned when farmers find they are of poor quality.
The NARI through discussions with Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will distribute seed materials to affected districts that have been declared as category four and five.
Through discussions with the Director General of NARI, Dr Sergie Bang  K5 million has been allocated by government for the distribution of foundation seed material to districts for further distribution to affected areas through internal distribution systems with support from DSIP or PSIP funds
The Committee also noted that all organisations that wanted to participate needed to be clear that it was not good to attempt recovery in the middle of a disaster and waste a lot of resources so there was a need separate response from recovery and deal with response because that was urgent at present.

 All news for the first half of the year can be viewed here

CIMC 2015 Regional Development Forums

 

Informing the greater majority about key government policies and their impact on citizens well being is a key element for active citizen participation in the development process.

The role of the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC) in its mandate as a consultative platform is to inform citizens about government policies and also to get them to participate in informing and contributing to policy formulation.

A wider consultative approach by government when developing policy in the country is envisioned by the CIMC as the appropriate approach to ensure that policy has been informed by the majority that will be impacted by respective policies.

Embracing such approaches as a consultative dialogue platform, the CIMC uses two consultative mechanisms (Forums & Sectoral Committees) to engage government and non-state actors to come together and discuss policy and development issues.

This year the CIMC is hosting four Regional Development Forums (RDF) in selected provinces in the four regions of the country.

The first forum for the highlands region will be held in Mendi the provincial capital of Southern Highlands Province, followed by the Momase forum in Madang, NGI forum in Kavieng and Southern region forum in Popondetta.

The CIMC RDFs are hosted annually with a selected theme aligned to development aspirations of the country to stimulate discussions around certain government policies or understanding the issues and challenges of implementing these policies at certain levels of governance.
This year’s theme: “Successful Implementation of Development Plans and Achieving the Responsible Sustainable Development Strategy” was chosen to stimulate discussions among participants from both government and non-state actors around the successful implementation of government plans and how pathways can be developed to embrace and implement the Responsible Sustainable Development Strategy developed and brought forward by the government.

Forum discussions were also be centred around key policies formulated by the current government in order to give an insight to participants about the essence of the respective policies and their impact on the citizens.

Representatives from key government agencies did presentations on the policies outlining how beneficial they are to the development and progression of the country.

Opportunities were also be availed to non-state actors to provide feedback on the presentations and also to highlight to government the views of the private sector and civil society on the implementation of government plans at the district and LLG levels.

Invitations were given to all provincial administrations in the regions to seek their participation at the forums so that they are informed about key government policies.

Their participation at the forums were essentially important in order for them to extend the information on government policies to districts in the provinces allowing for all within the public sector to be knowledgeable about them and work towards achieving the policies ambitions.
It is anticipated that all provincial administration in the respective regions will then extend the information into the LLGs through workshops so that all levels of government are aware of the policies and work collectively to implement them.

The CIMC is mandated by the NEC purposely to facilitate an ongoing broad based consultative platform for government, private sector and civil society to interface on public policy development and implementation. It provides this public policy dialogue through conducting annual Regional and National Development Forums.

Considering the present government’s undertakings including reflecting on achievements aligned to medium and long term development priorities, the theme was proposed to stimulate discussions that support government take holistic approaches, capturing the challenges and forging a way forward to achieve long term responsible sustainable development outcomes.

The forums also provide the opportunity for citizens to be educated on the key policies and priorities of government and provide feedback to improve or develop new policies.

Government Ministers and Officials including the Minister for National Planning & Monitoring, Hon Charles Abel with Officials from other sectors attended the forums and mingled with participants in the provinces through question and answer sessions.

 

 

CIMC 2014 National Development Forum

The Consultative Implementation & Monitoring Council (CIMC) annual National Development Forum (NDF) was held in Port Moresby in July.

This Forum is the secretariat’s annual peak dialogue forum that aspires to bring together Government, Private Sector, NGO and all Civil Society to present issues, discuss, propose and influence the development of policies directly beneficial to the greater majority.

This year’s development forum had the theme “What have we achieved so far and achieving the Governments Responsible Sustainable Development Strategy and moving forward”

The theme was selected taking into account “2013 as the Year of Implementation” so that discussions revolve around achievements during that year, and ensure deliberations on the elevation of the principals of responsible development and strategic planning as captured by the many plans from which the 2014 strategy emerged.

The Development Forums allow facilitation of wider discussions and two-way communication between all stakeholders and provide opportunities for public education on important policies and plans to enhance wider public understanding.

It also provides the opportunity for Government to obtain feedback from the public to design or reconsider existing policies and programs in order to improve policy implementation and allows authorities to come out and explain their position and the functions of the offices they manage.

Key outcomes of the Development Forums are compiled by the CIMC and presented to the NEC as submissions for endorsement and eventual implementation. Presentation of the submissions to cabinet is done by, Hon Charles Abel, MP and Minister for National Planning & Monitoring and Chairman of the CIMC.

The CIMC values this process, as such discussions promote and enhance community participation capturing a multi sectoral approach which is crucial to achieve broad based and inclusive sustainable development and provision of efficient public services to the masses.

It is in this light that the CIMC uses forum platforms as a pivotal process that facilitates this type of dialogue so that citizens feel that their concerns are heard and accommodated for in public policy design and implementation.

It allows for many key recommendations and initiatives to be developed over the years focused on the way forward in doing business to ensure a development revolution as envisioned by the government.

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