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Officials From Region Attend Governance Workshop

A governance workshop fo­cusing on statistics to pro­vide evidence for decision making speaks volumes of the re­gion’s sincerity for good govern­ance, says Audrey Aumua. Ms Aumua is the Secretariat of
31 May 2016 10:13
Officials From Region Attend Governance Workshop
Pacific Community Deputy Director General, Dr Audrey Aumua (sitting- 2nd from right) with senior officials of national statistics offices from eight Pacific Island countries and territories at Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: Kathrin Krishna

A governance workshop fo­cusing on statistics to pro­vide evidence for decision making speaks volumes of the re­gion’s sincerity for good govern­ance, says Audrey Aumua.

Ms Aumua is the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Deputy Director-General.

“Because your work entails en­suring that the leaders you work for make sound decisions based on evidence for the sake of for­ward planning, good governance and transparency,” she said.

Ms Aumua was speaking yester­day as she opened the four-day governance workshop for senior officials of national statistics of­fices from eight Pacific Island countries and territories at the Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka.

Ms Aumua said she was sure the workshop themes were not unfa­miliar to statisticians and plan­ners.

She told participants that as sen­ior public servants, they had an obligation and public responsi­bility in helping their leaders to deal with public policy issues and challenges.

“This is even more important now in this era of increased po­litical, socio-economic and envi­ronmental interconnectedness, which is demonstrated worldwide through particular governmental responses to collective challenges such as climate change for in­stance,” she said.

She said SPC was committed to the realisation of the strategy Ten Year Pacific Statistics Strategy (TYPSS) because it recognised the critical role that statistics played in national and regional plan­ning.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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