The Forum Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination in the Pacific is a development Compact agreed by Forum Leaders and endorsed by key development partners at the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ annual meeting in Cairns, August 2009. The Compact sets out collective actions by Forum Island Countries (FICs) and development partners designed to strengthen coordination and use of development resources at the national and regional level. The actions taken are in line with international best practice as expressed in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the Accra Action Agenda, and the Busan Partnership for Development Cooperation, and Pacific Principles on Aid Effectiveness.
The review was timed to follow the Development Partner Forum held on 7th and 8th November, which was attended by the Forum Secretariat support team. The review team met H E the President of FSM at the beginning and end of the mission. Discussions were also held at Palikir Heads Departments and their staff, the Director and sections of SBOC and the Public Auditor,and in Pohnpei with representatives of the United States, Japan and Australia, and with the FSM Association of Chambers of Commerce. The team visited all four States and held consultations with the Governors, members of legislatures, senior staff and representatives of Chambers of Commerce and non-government organisations. A presentation of preliminary findings was made to the President, members of the Cabinet and representatives of development partners at the exit meeting on 26th November. A full list of those consulted is found in Annex 2.
This report is structured into five parts; i) Introduction; ii) Background; iii) Findings on the five areas of Planning; Budgeting and Performance Management; Public Financial Management; Private Sector and Aid Management; iv) Recommendations; and v) Next steps.