Cook Islands get help to beef up its public sector


<p style="text-align: justify;">A grant of US$300,000 from the ADB-administered Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) disbursed this week will help redefine the Cook Islands government’s size and scope. The reforms will be aligned to the government’s national priorities.<!--more--></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The assistance will also address outer island administration in terms of improving service delivery, and improve performance management for more collaboration between ministries and agencies. The outer Cook Islands lie scattered far away from the main centre at Rarotonga and it has always been a challenge to manage them efficiently.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">In addition, grant will help fund the development of a public service policies and guidelines manual. This is intended to help the Cook Islands Government to introduce wide-ranging, cost effective reforms to the public sector, aimed at increasing its efficiency. The Public Services Commission in the Cook Islands is the executing agency for the initiative, which is being implemented until early 2012.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Japan’s Ambassador in Wellington, Hideto Mitamura, handed over the grant to the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Henry Puna.</p>