22 May 2012

Forum review notes internal communication woes

9:15 pm on 22 May 2012

A review of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat says members feel the Secretary General is remote from the needs of members.

Pacnews says a draft report by a three-member review team suggests that the Secretary General, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, and his management team need to improve communication and engagement with all its members.

Megan Whelan has more.

"Pacnews quotes the report as saying if the Forum Secretariat is to remain relevant and responsive to members' needs, it must improve its performance and members need to feel a greater sense of ownership of the Secretariat. However, in a response, the Secretariat argues that there is a perception among some member countries that particular staff of the Secretariat are not there to serve them all but to do bidding of two other Forum countries. The Secretariat says overtones have become personal and extremely unpleasant against Secretariat staff. Radio New Zealand International understands the report was an internal working document, not intended for release, and a full report is expected to be sent to member countries in 2-3 weeks."