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IGFAR TWG Consultative Workshop #1 (2022)

Background of Workshop

The workshop was conducted at Koitaki Country Club on the 8th-9th September 2022. All TWG members from the ten agencies (NEFC, DoT, DoF, DPLGA, PM & NEC, DIRD, NRI, DPM, CLRC, DJAG) attended the workshop except for DNPM.

Mr. Patrick Painap, Chair of the PLLSMA Sub-Committee officially opening the Workshop.
    Mr. Patrick Painap, Chair of the PLLSMA Sub-Committee officially opening
    the Workshop

Among the TWG members were several IGFA sub-committee members whose attendance proved invaluable towards guiding the workshop and furthermore, immensely contributing to discussions

Purpose of the workshop

The purpose of the workshop was to develop workplans for each Key Focus Area (KFA) and establish specific timeframes for the consultation exercises for the TWG to work towards.

Workshop Process and Activities

The first TWG workshop took place over two days of which the members were divided into five (5) groups relating to the Key Focus areas. On the first day a presentation was made on the objective and the expected outcome of the workshop and an update on the progress of IGFA.

Following the introductory presentations, the TWG members were then divided into five groups facilitating discussions on the key deliverables of each KFA and the issues and actions that should be taken.

Thereafter, each selected member from the groups did presentations on the issues identified. The key issues became the basis for the actions that were used to develop the workplans. The TWG members also elaborated on the involvement of agencies whose primary role would subsequently address the issues relating to the deliverables of each KFA.

The second day of the workshop started with a recap on the presentations done during day 1 of the workshop and the latter part of the day involved the groups engaging in technical discussions towards formulating workplans for each KFA.

Five workplans for the KFA’s were developed detailing out the consultations that will be undertaken as well as the methodology and the specific timeframes for the consultations. A matrix was later completed by the IGFAR Secretariat that encompasses the outcomes established by the TWG groups and is provided as attachments in this document. 

Key Issues and Actions

The workshop immediately proved important as issues and the required actions were discussed that led on to the development of the workplans (refer to page 5-10).

Outcomes & Comments

The workshop was successfully carried out over the course of two days that involved full participation by the TWG members. The consultation plans and a roadmap for the review was developed.

The IGFA sub-committee members that attended commended all the TWG members for the time and effort put towards achieving the objectives and the expected outcomes of the workshop.

Although the next step to take is to work on the content and the methodology for the consultations as mentioned by Dr. Lindsay Kutan, the onus is on the TWG members to document all the issues and compile a report for each KFA. The individual reports would then be used as basis for developing the methodology for the consultations.

A recommendation was made by Ms. Robyn Ata to launch the IGFAR project for the public, especially the members of the parliament to know that NEFC, in partnership with the other key government agencies, are implementing the IGFAR project. The recommendation was taken note of by the Chair and the Co-chair of the IGFA sub-committee and the TWG members.  

EXPENDITURE SUMMARY

The expenditure incurred for the workshop includes; conference room hire, accommodation, meals, transportation, and per diems (refer to page 11).

Recommendations

The IGFAR Secretariat has taken on key points that form the recommendations resulting from the two-day workshop. It is expected that these recommendations will form the basis for the upcoming TWG workshops.

      I.         The TWG members will continue to work cohesively towards refining the workplans for their respective KFA’s.  

    II.         The IGFAR Secretariat to formulate a matrix of issues and actions identified from each KFA.

  III.         The IGFAR Secretariat to schedule upcoming workshops for the TWG with the intent of completing final documentation of reports and concept notes for the respective KFA’s.

  IV.         The TWG to agree on the content of the upcoming workshops.

    V.         The outcome of the TWG workshops will enable the completion of fully documented reports that will be presented to the PLLSMA Sub-Committee for endorsement.

  VI.         The formulation of the 2023 IGFAR Implementation Plan.

Conclusion

The workshop was successfully completed within the scheduled days. The TWG members had worked together in documenting all the issues under the individual KFA’s and further documenting the respective workplans and specific timeframes for the consultation exercises.

The Chair- Mr. Patrick Kennedy Painap and the representative of the Co-chair, Mr. Hans Magis in their concluding remarks commended all the TWG members for their time and effort put into formulating the roadmap for the IGFAR consultation exercises.   

Attachments:

  1.  Matrix displaying the issues of each Key Focus Area (KFA)
  2. The proposed workplans for the respective KFA's
  3. Table showing the expenditure for TWG Consultation Workshop #1

Download the pdf below "TWG Consultative Workshop #1" for further reading on the attachments:

Group photo of the TWG Workshop participants.
Group photo of the TWG Workshop participants.
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TWG Workshop#1 2022.pdf 2.13 MB
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