The Charter, the Strategic Framework for Change, the Roadmap and Ministry Plans

This article, provided by the Fiji Ministry of Information, describes how the People's Charter is  being implemented via the Strategic Framework for Change, the Roadmap, and Ministry Corporate Plans. 


                                                                 
1. People's Charter for Change, Peace and Progress


In September 2007 the Interim Government launch a national initiative to ‘Build a Better Fiji for All’ through the People's charter for change, peace and progress”. The President officially launched the People's Charter initiative in October 2007 and took steps to establish a 45 member National Council for Building a Better Fiji (NCBBF).

The committee was board based with representatives and leaders of all major organizations (community, social, civic, religious, business, political). The work was to be independent of the Interim Government. One of the first steps was to prepare a comprehensive, facts-based, diagnostic, forward looking report named the State of the Nation and the Economy.

The report was to provide a list of recommendations for changes to our system of government, our constitution, laws, economic and resources development policies, leadership values, community relations, and institutional reform.

The overarching objective of the People's Charter is to rebuild Fiji into a non-racial, culturally vibrant and united, well governed, truly democratic nation: a nation that seeks progress and prosperity through merit-based equality of opportunity and peace.

The charter was widely circulated throughout Fiji just over 250,000 copies of the Charter were published in English and the vernacular, and disseminated as widely as possible across the country, approximately 65% of the population supported the People's Charter.

2. A Strategic Framework for Change


The People's Charter lays the long term foundation and the commitment of the People of Fiji for Change, Peace and Progress with the ultimate vision of building “A Better Fiji for All”.

Since the Charter is a living document and reflects long term aspirations of the People of Fiji, it is prudent that the Government puts in place a solid foundation and necessary framework for its implementation.

It is therefore necessary that there is a very clear statement of Government’s intentions, identifying key milestones to be achieved and ensuring continuity of our collective vision.

In line with the eleven pillars in the People's Charter, the Strategic Framework for Change outlines key milestones to be realized with specific timelines to be achieved leading up to the elections in 2014. The Strategic Framework for Change also outlines a number of measures including reforms that shall be implemented.

It reiterates the focus for the first three years to improve the socio-economic and infrastructure conditions. This period shall be followed by the formulation of a modern day constitution and then the holding of elections for parliamentary representation by September 2014.

3. Roadmap for Democracy & Sustainable Socio-economic Development 2009-2014

The Roadmap for Democracy and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development,  2009-2014 sets out a framework to achieve sustainable democracy, good and just governance, socio-economic development and national unity. The key foundation of the Roadmap is the People's Charter. The roadmap is also aligned to the mandate handed down by His Excellency, the President in 2007 as well as the Strategic framework for Changed announced in July 2009.

In order to ensure an inclusive approach, ownership and successful implementation, the Roadmap has been compiled in consultation with private sector, civil society and government to take on board the current political, social and economic situation, both on the international and domestic fronts.  
The objective of the Roadmap is to implement policies to achieve the vision of People's Charter which is a ‘Better Fiji for All’. Therefore the Roadmap is a detailed document that covers all areas of government and provides policy objectives, strategies and key performance indicators as well as time lines.  This in effect is the corporate plan of the government.

4. Ministry corporate plan 2009 – 2011

Each government ministry has a three year strategic plan that is tightly linked into the Roadmap. The Strategic plan is a high level guide from 2009 - 2011. This document supports the vision of the People's Charter, the Strategic Framework for Change and ultimately the Roadmap. The strategic plans set out strategies and objectives to be developed from 2009 – 2011.

5. Ministry Annual Corporate Plan

From the Strategic 3 year plan each Ministry has a yearly Corporate Plan; this document set the targets and strategies for the Ministry on a quarterly basis. All plans must be clearly articulated with timelines and accountabilities. It tightly aligns itself with the Roadmap.

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Comments

Anonymous said…
Growing frustrated with Government’s silence and arrogance

It strikes me that the current government could do some very simple and very basic things today. Simple and basic things that would go a long way to swaying the many of us who remain highly skeptical of their intent. Here is my top four things they should do today. There is nothing new in this list, nothing earth shattering – others have made similar suggestions including ‘On the side lines in Viti Levu’ and more recently ‘Thinking…not sleeping”. Yet government remains silent with a growing confidence and arrogance as displayed by the PM’s outbursts about Australia and from China.

My simple top for things to do before the end of the month

1. ―Publish the so call "Road Map". Government saw fit to share it with other Pacific Islands so why is it so reluctant to share it with Fiji’s own people ?

2.―Lift the PER. They promised the United Nations they would and they promised everyone in Fiji they would. Do it today. Start a new trend of keeping promises rather than the current trend of breaking them.

3. ―Give clear and articulate reasons when terminating or changing peoples roles in government, public service or the courts. Practice transparency, leave no room for rumor and innuendo.

4.―Allow some dialogue and debate on issues effecting the country. Closed door debate with only military yes men and the hangers on does not count.

If government can't do these very simple and basic things I have to question their commitment to any real change. If they can't take these simple steps why would we believe them on the bigger ones like free and fair elections in 2014 ? I worry about governments growing arrogance and continued complete disrespect for the people of Fiji’s right and ability to think, discuss and debate.

Foot note - just finished typing this snd saw your summary Croz - its a start, good. It's a start but not enough. Now they need to publish the corporate plan 2009-2011 (hey we are already more than half way throuh 2011). Also I thought the roadmap was supposed to contain the steps to free and fair elections - that is missing above. It sounds like they have been busy trying to put something together. Now what was presented at Natadola ?

Ministry and corporate plans are nothing new. What people want to see is the hard and concrete steps to move away from military dictactorship.
Roadmap to Nowhere said…
Croz, where are the milestones on this so called road map? In other words, the precise dates that various stages will be implemented. Nothing is set out here so this remains what many of us feared - a roadmap to nowhere. If you know otherwise, then please enlighten us. Because until we're given the details, this is just a crude exercise in window dressing.
Anonymous said…
Does everybody understand fully now ?

My comments in brackets…..

1. People's Charter for Change, Peace and Progress

“The work was to be independent of the Interim Government” (that may have been the plan but it certainly was not free of government of the military. They where involved every step of the way.)
“approximately 65% of the population supported the People's Charter” (you fail to mention they supported a document that supported the constitution and mentioned nothing about PER, ruling by decree etc. Also that 65% is very questionable when it was the much feared military who went around gathering signatures.)

2. A Strategic Framework for Change

“It is therefore necessary that there is a very clear statement of Government’s intentions, identifying key milestones to be achieved and ensuring continuity of our collective vision.”……” the Strategic Framework for Change outlines key milestones to be realized with specific timelines to be achieved leading up to the elections in 2014.” (Fantastic – can we now see it please ? The Friends of Fiji might have loved the cute pyramid but I still would like to read the actual plan pleas)

3. Roadmap for Democracy & Sustainable Socio-economic Development 2009-2014

(How is this different to the one above ?)

“In order to ensure an inclusive approach, ownership and successful implementation, the Roadmap has been compiled in consultation with private sector, civil society and government to take on board the current political, social and economic situation, both on the international and domestic fronts. “ ( Who was consulted and when, why are we only hearing about this now, after the fact. We know there has been no open discussion on anything for the last 12 months so how did all this happen ? If so many people where consulted why has no one seen the actual road map…sorry or is that the Strategic Framework for Change ? Please publish the roadmap. )

“The objective of the Roadmap is to implement policies to achieve the vision of People's Charter which is a ‘Better Fiji for All” (Ah what about taking Fiji to free and fair elections ?)
“Therefore the Roadmap is a detailed document that covers all areas of government and provides policy objectives, strategies and key performance indicators as well as time lines.” –( Great it’s a detailed document, so we can see it please ?)
“This in effect is the corporate plan of the government.” –(Ah so it’s actually just governments corporate plan ?)

4. Ministry corporate plan 2009 – 2011

“Each government ministry has a three year strategic plan that is tightly linked into the Roadmap. The Strategic plan is a high level guide from 2009 - 2011.” ( Well we are more than half way through 2010 perhaps we could see the 2009-2011 plan and how they have progressed ?)

5. Ministry Annual Corporate Plan

“From the Strategic 3 year plan each Ministry has a yearly Corporate Plan; this document set the targets and strategies for the Ministry on a quarterly basis. All plans must be clearly articulated with timelines and accountabilities. It tightly aligns itself with the Roadmap.” (fair enough)

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