SPC Director Jimmie Rodgers Announces Plans To Resign

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Successor’s challenge to make SPC an ‘excellent’ organization

By Daniel Naidu

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Nov. 13, 2013) – Long-serving director general of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Dr Jimmie Rodgers will step down following the 8th Conference of the Pacific Community next week.

The SPC Committee of Representatives of Government Administration got in progress yesterday, which will discuss SPC issues such as program reports, operations management, budgeting and grants.

Dr Rodgers, who is from the Solomon Islands, has been director general of the SPC for eight years, and he has overseen many changes in structure of the organisation.

"I came into the job at the time when the regional reform had been directed by the forum leaders, and we have expanded, and I think the success story is that we have completed the reform, the programs that we have absorbed are now part and parcel of very well oiled machinery in delivery," he said.

"I think he (his successor) is going to be receiving a very good organisation, the challenge is to transform it into an excellent organisation."

Dr Rodgers said the role of the SPC was to provide technical advice in areas in which member countries did not have the capacity to fully engage.

He said the meeting would draw attention to the vulnerability of Pacific Island countries to natural disasters, climatic event and epidemics.

While this week's meeting is for officials of the SPC, next week's conference will include foreign ministers of the member states.

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