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The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) has responded to complaints about one of its members and national umbrella bodies, the Vanuatu Association of NGOs (VANGO).
PIANGO is the regional coordinating body for member NGOs or National Liaison Units (NLUs) in 22 Pacific island countries and territories.
In a statement issued by PIANGO this afternoon, its Executive Director Emele Duituturaga said: “PIANGO is aware of the situation with VANGO and this was the subject of a PIANGO Board meeting held in March this year. We have been seeking responses from the VANGO Chief Executive Officer and its Board since then but have had no responses.
“VANGO members have raised complaints with PIANGO about the situation and we have raised the matter with other regional partners who have provided support to VANGO,” Duituturaga said.
“PIANGO has also initiated the establishment of a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Code of Accountability and Transparency to partly address the situation. We stand ready to provide support that is needed, once decided by VANGO’s membership and supported by the Vanuatu government.
“We are pleased that VANGO members and the government have jointly taken ownership and leadership to strengthen the VANGO body which, we feel, has a key role to play in nation building,” Duituturaga said.
In a gesture of solidarity, a PIANGO representative has left Fiji for Port Vila today to be present at tomorrow's CSO Task Force Meeting to discuss VANGO
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