Monthly Archives: October 2013

Tour of Nonouti by KiLGA

The Finance and Administrative Officer, Rae Bainteiti, visited Nonouti from 23-29 May, on the ship LC Butimari.

The officer had a meeting with the Mayor on the island, Mayor Tetoa Benetito to explain the purpose of his visit, which was to compile information and data for the Council’s Profile.

Banaba completes a draft Strategic Plan

The Mayor for Banaba Mayor Tabuariki Ioane and his Clerk have completed a draft Strategic Plan for their Banaba with the assistance of KiLGA officials. The vision of the SP is “Raise the standard of living to a sustainable level earned through hard work and self reliance”.

The SP is founded on four pillars  viz., Governance, Infrastructure Development, Economic Growth and the Environment.

Councils Request Assistance on their SP

ManyCouncils have requested KiLGA to assist them make their Council Strategic Plans for 2014-’17. These include Kiritimati, Makin, Butaritari, ETC, Tamana, Arorae and Teeraina.

Based on these requests, KiLGA is contacting its partners, notably MISA and the CLGF Pacific, for funds to undertake the SP work with Councils. Already, CLGF has advised that they will work together with Hunters Group of Councils from Australia to make the Kiritimati Urban Council’s SP. KiLGA is willing and capable to assist the rest of the Councils with their SPs.

“The GPS Project was never approved,” Australian High Commissioner.

A meeting between the Australian High Commissioner, George Fraser and the KiLGA’s Executive Board on 8 May, revealed that funding for the GPS/ Twinning Project between Australian Councils and their counterparts in Kiribati was never approved by AusAID, contrary to reports from the CLGF Pacific, based in Fiji. During the meeting held at the Australian High Commission in Bairiki, attended by Mark Dacombe, an ARIAL Local Government expert, confirmed reports that AusAID does not have Local Government on its priority list. 

Training Needs for Council Staff in Kiribati

One of the main aims of KiLGA when it was first set up by the Kiribati Mayors in 2012, is to ensure that all Mayors, Councillors and Council staff are given appropriate capacity building to allow them to serve their communities better.

Towards this end, KiLGA officials have visited several Councils to discuss the issue and come up with strategies to deal with this important issue. Council with the right capacity to deal with its roles and functions will be more effective service delivery organizations.

Based on the visits and discussion, it was found out that there is a great need for training and courses on areas such as Office Management for Clerks and Deputy Clerks, Accounting for Treasurers and Assistant Treasurers, Economics for  Island Project Officers, Computing for general staff to assist them work with computers and use the Internet, Security Training for Village Wardens, Pre-school education for Pre-schools teachers, Health Education for Nursing Aides, Mechanics for drivers and mechanics. 

It was also found out that there has been no training for staff and Councillors for a long time, the last set of training conducted by TTI (now KIT) ended in 1993.

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