The Leaders Fes 2 Fes forum dialogue drew on outcomes and discussion pointers from the Political Actors (PA) Workshop Series. On invitation from PiPP a high-level panel was constructed to further conversations around service delivery structures based on some of Vanuatu’s established National Priorities. A Bipartisan Panel of six elected parliamentary representatives, including the Vanuatu Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of Infrastructure and Public Works Utilities and the Vanuatu Leader of the Opposition and other Opposition members of parliament, welcomed questions from invited PA Workshop participants.
The topic areas included audience questions general discussions and policy explanations on urban service delivery and constitutent links between legislators and citizens. PiPP moderator Mary Jack facilitated discussions amongst panelists and an active audience drawing out issues that resonated within previous workshops. The issues focused on a range of physical service delivery challenges. Conversations focused on underlying issues concerning public policy, governing systems and institutional frameworks relevant to established national priorities, budget priorities and policy planning. The event was held to mark Vanuatu’s annual Independence Day celebrations providing an overarching theme for open and frank dialogue on the nations’ priorities and goals into the future as an independent nation.
The forum was broadcast live on Vanuatu radio and telecast later on local television. The event provided a platform for an open forum for panel discussions and Q & A between selected leaders and Port Vila-based citizens.