Daily Archives: March 28, 2017

Training Applications Submitted to UCLG ASPAC

Information about a training workshop on “Local Economic Vitalization” in Gangwon province, Korea from 26th of February to 6th of March, was circulated to Urban and other Council Clerks in February with interests received from many Clerks. However, only two applications were received by deadline from the Kiritimati Urban Council Clerk, Alice Tabokai and that for Maiana Island Council, Arima Teukera. No response from training organisers has been received on the application to date.
The training, funded by the International Urban Training Center (IUTC) and UN-HABITAT, was circulated to KiLGA from the UCLG ASPAC’s Secretariat in Djakarta, Indonesia. KiLGA is a member of UCLG ASPAC, since 2016.

Clerks Arima Teukera (Maiana) and Alice Tabokai (Kiritimati)

TUC’s Strategic Plan Organising Committee approves Action Plan

23 February, TUC Boardroom – KiLGA was invited to join a meeting of the TUC Strategic Plan Organising Committee, coordinated by the TUC’s Organisational Development Technical Advisor (AVID), Andrew Antenucci, to review and endorse the proposed work plan for the Strategic Planning formulation. Other technical officers invited were Eliza Tokataake, Urban Management Officer of MIA, MP Teburoro Tito, Mayor of BTC Tauia Taoaba and his Clerk, Mikari Ooka. The TUC’s Strategic Planning Committee, is comprised of the Mayor, Mr. Taoaba Kaiea, his Vice Mayor, Mr. Raurenti Toatu, Councillor Tebwebwe Teraka, Clerk Akoia Teabi, Andrew Antenucci and the Deputy Clerk. The Committee reviewed the Action Plan that will involve extensive community consultations, to be led by Councillors for each ward, technical meetings as well as full Council meetings. An estimated $6,000 would be needed for the consultations and other requirements, for which the Urban Management Officer from MIA was asked to seek and secure from government or other sources.

Draft National Anti-Corruption Strategy Completed at a Retreat in Tabontekeke, North Tarawa

Members of the Anti-Corruption Committee with Terieta Mwemwenikeaki, Secretary of the Pubic Service Office, (sitting far right)

24-26 February, Abatao – A team of senior officials from selected government departments and NGOs, including KiLGA, participated in a three-day retreat in the quiet environment of Tabontekeke Motel, Abatao, North Tarawa, and completed a draft Anti-Corruption Strategic Plan for Kiribati. The retreat was coordinated by the Public Service Office.
The Strategic Plan’s seven thematic areas were drafted separately by officers representing ministries or organisations that deal with the topic. The thematic areas include ‘Public Integrity and Professionalism in the Public Service’, (led by PSO), ‘Public Finance Management and Procurement’ (MFED/KNAO), Legislative Reform (MoJ), Public Awareness and Education (MoE/ MIA/KiLGA), Institutional Capacity-Building (PSO), Enforcement and Criminalization (OAG/KPS), International Cooperation and Asset Recovery (OAG/MFAI), Preventing Corruption in the Private Sector (MCIC/ KCCI/ KiLGA). The retreat was successful in reaching its objectives, a comprehensive draft strategic plan.

UNDP’s Small Grants Programme (SGP) National Steering Committee

A newly-created National Steering Committee of the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), controlled by the UNDP office in Kiribati, had a meeting to elect its new Chairperson and adopt its 2017 work programme. The SGP Coordinator, Dr. Komeri Onorio organized the election of the chairperson and guided the committee through the agenda.
The committee unanimously elected Mayor Taoaba Kaiea as its chairperson. Members include representatives from UNDP, OB, Environment Conservation Division (ECD), UN WOMEN, Eco-Care Group, KiLGA and others.

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