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  1. E. John Blunt
    E. John Blunt November 25, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Pacific and Caribbean integration: between a rock and a hard place?

    I note comments regarding the performance and functionality of various regional bodies including the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the Secretariat of the Association of South East Asian Nations. If such bodies are not operating effectively and efficiently their impact on any regional agenda will be minimal.

    In this context, the recent achievements by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat in building its capacity might provide guidance to other regional bodies and their funders of what might be possible.

    A major milestone has been achieved in the SADC Secretariat institutional reform process, which promises significant improvements in efficiency and value-for-money for both SADC member states and key international cooperation partners on whom the Secretariat depends for significant contributions to fund programs under the regional integration process.

    Newly established financial and internal control frameworks improve governance, transparency and accountability, are a major aid to decision-making and performance management.

    These achievements will greatly enhance SADC Secretariat effectiveness in supporting the regional integration process.

    E. John Blunt is an Institutional and Public Procurement Expert with extensive experience in leading public procurement reforms in a variety of international development environments. He has worked in the Pacific, Asia and Africa. He is currently on assignment with the Southern African Development Community Secretariat in Botswana.

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