During a two-day management retreat at Loloata Island Resort, Secretary Joseph Klapat and his team of managers discussed ways in which the Department could align its programs and activities with the Vision 2050.
Minister for Community Development, Dame Carol Kidu, who was also there highlighted the importance of Vision 2050, saying that it is a significant tool for the development of the nation.
"Vision 2050 is based on community development, and that is the way to go for Papua New Guinea, when we start developing our communities by ensuring that services reach the people in the rural areas, there will be a significant change in the attitude of our people," Dame Carol said.
She added that the implementation of the Integrated Community Development Policy (ICDP) is also critical at this time when international partners are willing to assist with this process.
"I am glad that donor partners have recognized the efforts of the Department for Community Development, and this is a plus for us because we can now continue to work in partnership with our partners for a better PNG," Dame Carol said.
Meanwhile, Secretary Klapat said the Department has achieved a lot in 2009 despite the many challenges, and is confident the Department will also do the same in 2010 in aligning its activities with Visio 2050.
Mr Klapat said DFCD is clearly highlighted in Pillars 6 and 7 of Vision 2050.
"There are some activities that DFCD is already involved in that address these issues in Vision 2050," Mr Klapat said.
He added that these activities will continue in 2010 according to the Department's Corporate Plan 2009 - 2011 and the Department's 2010 Annual Operational Plan.
Some achievements of the Department for Community Development in 2009 are:
- Successful launch of the National Disability Policy,
- Staging of the Bi-annual CD Ministerial Forum in Lae,
- Successful launch of the CEDAW report,
- Establishment of the National Coordination Committee for Disability,
- NEC approval of the establishment of the National Taskforce on Social Protection which is to be headed by our Department,
- Successful launch and signing of the PNGInfo database MOU between DFCD, National Planning Department (DNPM), National Statistical Office (NSO), and the United Nations (UN) to monitor MDGs and other National Indicators,
- Successful launch of Finchhaffen District CLDC Focal Point (Morobe), Wosera-Gawi (East Sepik), Heganofi (Eastern Highlands), and Sohe (Oro) in our department's ongoing rollout program on the establishment of District CLDC Focal Points under the ICDP.