Minister acknowledges work of advisory councillors

Minister for Rural, Maritime Development and Disaster Management and Minister for Defence, National Security and Policing Inia Seruiratu. Picture: RAMA

District Advisory Councillors (DAC) play a critical role because the data they collect from communities aids Government’s work with development partners.

This was the message from Rural and Maritime Development Minister Inia Seruiratu to DACs in Cakaudrove this week.

He said Government was working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“We are connected to the global issues and what drives global issues are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Mr Seruiratu said. “In the implementation of these SDGs, what’s important is data.

“We do a lot of activities but we don’t capture information and that’s a challenge for developing countries like us and we are trying to improve on that.

“This is also why councillors are requested to provide reports and if there’ll be surveys, I hope you will cooperate. “The quicker we get our data sorted out, the better it will be for us in the long term.”

Mr Seruiratu said Government had appointed them as development partners to assist in the collation of data and production of timely reports.

“When it comes to (development) partners and if we are going to ask for taxpayers’ money from another country, it is a matter of justification and justification is through facts and data.”

He acknowledged the advisory council members for their contribution and support towards Government’s development programs.

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