This Corporate Plan was officially launched recently by the Minister of Fisheries Hon Nestor Giro.
It contains the key priority goals the Ministry will implement between 2020 and 2023.
Speaking prior to the launching, the Minister said a Corporate Plan is important because it sets out the actions required and the resources available for our ministry to deliver its mandate.
This corporate plan has four core areas of focus that commits the Ministry of Fisheries to strengthen and improve the management and development of aquatic resources for the next four years, Hon Giro said.
“This Corporate Plan is set out to ensure that the Ministry of Fisheries is committed to promoting and enhancing the wellbeing of our people whilst also contributing to a stronger economic position of the government,” he said.
Hon. Giro further said that the Corporate Plan also articulates and benefits from the policy intents of the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement. for aquaculture fisheries and Marines Resources together with a strategic objectives of the national fisheries policy 2019 – 2029 and Solomon Islands national development strategy 2020-2035.
Despite the challenges faced due to the recent global pandemic, the Ministry is strongly committed to ensure that our Marine Resources are managed sustainably whilst it continues to derive maximum benefit for the people of Solomon Islands.
He acknowledged the commitment and dedication of the staff of the Ministry of Fisheries under the leadership of the Permanent Secretary Dr. Christain and the strong support and guidance of the executive and the Management team in formulating the Corporate Plan 2020 to 2023.
The Minister challenged the staff to use the document as guide to deliver on the ministry’s mandate and government priorities and continue to support the ministry’s executive and management team as they take lead in its implementation to ensure the goals set out in the Corporate Plan are archived.
“As your Minister I’m very happy and proud to celebrate this achievement with you today. I would also like to repeat this same message to our stakeholders including our development partners, the government agencies who work closely with the Ministry, our non-government Organisation partners, the fisheries industries and our fisheries regional organisations, this corporate plan together with other frame works which the Ministry have developed will be the guide to better understand the vision and goals of the Ministry of Fisheries,” Hon Giro said.
Permanent Secretary Dr Christain earlier in the launching programme, highlighted the Ministry’s mission to see that Solomon Islands fisheries is sustainable and also contributes to the lives of the people in Solomon Islands.
He explained the four goals of the Corporate Plan are: i) Solomon Islands fisheries and aquatic resources are ecologically sustainable, ii) greater participation of locals in harvesting, processing and exporting of Solomon Islands fish and also benefit from it, iii) Solomon Islands’ rights over its fisheries and aquatic resources are safeguarded, protected and secured and iv) MFMR as a professional ministry providing quality advice to the government and efficient in its delivery of services to the people of Solomon Islands.
The Permanent Secretary also used the occasion to thank the New Zealand government for its continuous support to the Ministry of Fisheries.
Photo: Fisheries Minister Hon Nestor Giro officially handed over a copy of the MFMR Corporate Plan 2020-2023 to his Permanent Secretary Dr Christain Ramofafia after he officially launched it recently.
Photo: MFMR Managers – Permanent Secretary Dr Christain Ramofafia, Fisheries Minister Hon Nestor Giro, Deputy Secretary Technical Ms Rosalie Masu, New Zealand’s Deputy High Commissioner Hannah van Voorthuysen and Fisheries Director Mr. Edward Honiwala after the launching.
Photo: Fisheries officers Ronnie Posala and Ronnelle Panda displaying copies of the Corporate Plan after it was officially launched on Friday. Photos by MFMR Media.