Introduction

The following report provides an update on progress towards the Government’s 100 Days Plan which was produced following the election of January 2016 and the subsequent formation of the coalition government led by Hon. Charlot Salwai MP on the 11th February 2016.

The 100 days plan is meant to set the political, collective policy direction that provides both short, and medium to long term development priorities for the current government. It outlines the priorities for implementation by the Government of Vanuatu from February 2016 – December 2016 and onwards into the second year of the current government.

The following report lists important updates on the priorities of the government as stated in the 100 Days Plan. These are prioritised for each ministry, each in the following two categories:

  1. One Hundred Days Plan (where activities are intended to be carried out within 100 days)
  2. Medium to Long Term Plans (for activities that will be achieved within the term of the Government)

The short term priorities are programed for 100 days for its completion, whilst the medium to long term priorities are activities that will be carried out during the term of the government in power. The plan has a clear responsibility and target dates and it addresses present development challenges.

The relative achievements seen in this report are reflective of the scale of the expectations and challenges faced by each ministry and department, and as such direct comparisons between ministries and generalisations should be avoided and readers are encouraged to look into specific achievements.

However, it is clear from the overall progress reported on page 1 and 2, that as a whole the government has made excellent progress towards achieving its objectives – with less than 10% of activities in the 100 Days Plan being marked ‘incomplete’.

The challenges faced with the implementation of the plan include shortfalls and inconsistencies to establish coordination mechanisms both at the political and bureaucratic levels. Whereas some ministries and departments were able to effectively integrate the priorities into their 2016 work plans, some were less successful.

Going forward, the coordination could become more effective if remaining priorities becomes the mandate of government caucuses to monitor the implementation on a regular basis and making sure that sufficient time and resources are allocated for implementation. Following this review, Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of the government are encouraged to incorporate the remaining priorities into their corporate and business plans going forward.

The government is providing this complete progress report in the spirit of openness and accountability to their electorate who have a right to be informed on the progress which has been made towards the priorities which this government identified upon coming to power.

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