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The overall objective of the Pacific Regional Tourism Capacity Building Programme (PRTCBP) is “to improve Pacific ACP states’ economic integration through strengthened national systems and institutional frameworks to develop capacity, increase private sector competitiveness and increase international market access in the tourism sector.
It is funded under the overall Strengthening Pacific Economic Integration through Trade (SPEITT) budget and financed through the Regional Indicative Programme in the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (2005) framework, from the general budget of the European Commission.
To strengthen and improve its current monitoring and evaluation system on the PRTCBP project outcomes and its impact, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has organized a review of its current M & E system for the PRTCBP project. The final phase of the review is a one day workshop for its staff and management held this week at the Tanoa Plaza, Suva.
According to SPTO CEO, Ilisoni Vuidreketi, the final recommendations from this would assist SPTO to improve its reporting under the current system, conduct capacity building amongst the SPTO team as well as determine the appropriate M&E system it needs to adopt to effectively report on future project and programme implementation.
He added it is therefore pertinent to strengthen SPTO’s current M&E system if the organisation plans to receive on-going support from the EU and other donor partners in the future,”
M & E specialist from Allen & Clarke, a Wellington based company, Ned Hardie-Boys said the review will help build the staff skills and ability to successfully monitor and evaluate progress towards the intended results of their work activities, and enable them to better understand the impact of their work activities and how it contributes to positive change in the tourism sector.
“It's about getting people to think about the difference they are making to people's lives and businesses across the Pacific, rather than just focusing on what they are doing/delivering. And then, thinking critically about how they can make greater contribution in these areas by understanding what works well, what doesn't and why,” he said.
Hardie-Boys said this review should also contribute to more effective collection and reporting of information on programme progress and performance. “It may lead to the development of a new system for recording and reporting performance information. It should also contribute to more effective processes in designing future initiatives,” he said.
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