The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources annual Provincial Fisheries Officers conference got underway in Honiara on Monday morning with most of the provinces represented.
The provincial fisheries officers’ participation has been made possible through the World Bank’s Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program (PROP) under its component 2: Sustainable Management of Coastal Fisheries.
PROP is a project within MFMR.
The annual Provincial Fisheries conference is an important event as it provides the avenue for important fisheries and other management issues to be shared, heard, and discussed with strategies developed to address them.
The five day program will focus on the performance management process (PMP), the Fisheries Management Act 2015 specifically in relation to the community fisheries management plans and the roles of the Provincial Fisheries Officers and the Community Based Resource Management Team (CBRM) within MFMR.
It will also give the opportunity for them to be introduced to the newly drafted Standard Operating Guidelines and other processes in relation to the implementation of community fisheries management plans.
The Seconded Provincial Fisheries officers and Provincial Secretaries are the latest group of government employees to undergo training on Performance Management Process (PMP) at Rock Haven conference room.
The workshop which started yesterday morning is purposely organised to ensure all government employees including those seconded to the provinces understand the process of PMP and the Fisheries Management Act 2015.
Speaking at the opening of the workshop Supervising Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Moses Virivolomo said the aim of the workshop is to ensure seconded staff of the Ministry of Fisheries are able to implement the program as well.
The acting PS told the participants that by leaving their respective provinces to attend the workshop demonstrates their continuous commitment and support to the Ministry of Fisheries to strengthen its professional services.
He assured them the five day program will be intensive but also rewarding as it will allow them to experience the real practices and procedures of delivering quality PMP document and also understand their responsibilities under the Fisheries Management Act.
By Francis Pituvaka