ICI to launch Strategic Plan
It has been a long time coming but the Ministry of Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) are making headway for the launch of its first Strategic Plan 2016-2021. This will take place on Monday the 27th of February 2017 at their head office in Arorangi.
A Strategic Plan is about creating a clear path forward to where an organization would like to be and how it will get there. In addition to this, Cook Islands organizations Strategic Plans should also reflect the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) Te Kaveinga Nui. The NSDP is the plan developed by the government in consultation with stakeholders to how the nation should progress as a whole.
“In developing our Strategic Plan we started by sitting down together as a Ministry and mapped out the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and thoughts of the staff and then from there we consulted with all sectors of the community and finally ensured that final goals in the plan support the NSDP” says ICI Secretary Ngametua Pokino. “The Public Service Commission gave us a lot of help at the initial stage of our plans development and we thank them for that”.
Through this plan, ICI is determined to raise the profile of the Ministry from the unfavourable position it has been in for a number of years and ensure that the Financial Auditor, donor partners and the local community can be confident in ICI’s ability.
The process was started exactly one year ago so the sheer weight of developing such a plan is a daunting task however Pokino wants to encourage all Ministries and agencies of government and even the private sector to develop a Strategic Plan. “We have learnt much about ourselves as a Ministry, as part of government and as a community member through this process and I think it has definitely helped us to improve ourselves and think strategically already”.
Volunteer Services Abroad (VSA) volunteer Charlie Inggs is the lead for the development of the Plan and adds “This was such a huge task, involving lengthy stakeholder engagement that took much longer than we expected, we certainly didn’t expect it to take a year but here we are”.
“We have just completed our draft Business Plan for the financial year 2017/2018 and our Strategic Plan. Of course the goals of the NSDP that apply to ICI are reflected here”, says Pokino. “So really, a Strategic Plan is a very helpful document to making sure you are covering all your bases” he adds.
Kia pukuru o vaevae, kia mokora o kaki” is a statement that aims to empower people to stand tall with confidence and without fear and is a phrase adopted by ICI as an introductory statement to their Strategic Plan to inspire confidence and ability in the plans’ implementation for the next five years. ICI looks forward to the launch and to continued support from the community in its progress.
Photo: Left to right: ICI Secretary Ngametua Pokino; Building Controller Louis Teiti; Electrical Inspector Nooroa Tupa; Director of Planning and Design Tenga Mana; VSA Volunteer/Strategic Planner Charlie Inggs; Director of WATSAN Jaime Short; Director of Corporate Services Diane Charlie.