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05
October
2011

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Effective public and private sector organizations establish and communicate their purpose and direction by clearly describing and committing themselves to vision and mission statements.  These statements provide a short explanation of the aim and primary role of an organisation.

Being an efficient public service organization, we are proud to formally publicize our vision and mission, which are as follows:

Vision

 

Vanuatu is recognized and respected by the global community

Mission

“To advance the interests of the people of Vanuatu”
“To safeguard the sovereignty of Vanuatu”
“To foster and promote positive engagement with the international community”

VALUES

“We take pride in our Christian Values”
“We treasure our Melanesian Heritage and respect the cultural diversity of our country”
“We uphold the principles of Transparency, Integrity, Accountability and Rule of Law”
“We strive for quality Leadership and Customer services”
“We promote Equity and Fairness”

OBJECTIVES

STRATEGIES

Key Result Areas
(Expected Results/Output)

Key Performance Indicators (Outcome)

1. To project a positive image of Vanuatu     internationally and to maintain healthy relations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Establish a clear Vanuatu Foreign Policy

 

Vanuatu meets its international obligations

 

Improve and expand relations

 

 

 

 

Accede to relevant bilateral and multilateral conventions

National consultations completed

 

Adherence to international commitments

 

Enhance bilateral and multilateral cooperation

 

 

 

 

Compliance with bilateral and multilateral obligations

A coherent National Foreign Policy framework in place

 

Positive annual  reporting Indicators

 

Establishment of diplomatic relations with countries of strategic interest

Expansion of Diplomatic and Consular representation abroad

 

Ratification of relevant bilateral and multilateral conventions

2. To have an Ethical, Professional and Responsive High Performing Ministry

 

Develop a Human Resource Development Plan

 

 

Institutional strengthening of Diplomatic service

Effective planning and  management of Human Resource Personnel within the Ministry

Policy and Legislative review in Diplomatic service

Establishment of a Human Resource Development Plan

 

 

Career advancement through the establishment of the MOFA  Staff Attachment Program  with diplomatic and consular missions

3. Creating opportunities through development cooperation initiatives

Negotiate cooperation agreements with  development partners

 

Mutually  beneficial relationships are enhanced

 

Formalization of development cooperation agreements in line with the PAA /PLAS

 

 

4. Provide efficient consular assistance to ni-Vanuatu travelling or residing overseas

Develop  a National Consular Policy framework

 

Undertake consultations with relevant line agencies

Harmonized system in place

5. Demarcation of Vanuatu’s Maritime Boundaries

 

Maintain consistent dialogue with neighboring countries

 

Prepare legal and technical components for the Continental Shelf

 

Implement decisions of National Committee on Maritime Boundary Delimitation

Undertake effective negotiations

 

Collaboration  with neighboring countries and International Geosciences Organizations

Collaborate closely with UN agencies and International Organizations

Ratification of Treaties on Vanuatu’s Delimitation  Maritime boundaries

Submission of Vanuatu’s Continental Shelf by 2012

 

 

Full determination of Vanuatu’s  sovereign territory

 

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)

The core functions of the Department of Foreign Affairs are to:

  • Provide policy advice and reporting on Vanuatu’s strategic interests with the international community.
  • Facilitate and provide protocol and diplomatic services to foreign dignitaries, including both resident and visiting missions.


It undertakes these core functions by:

 

  1. Managing and maintaining friendly relations with bilateral/multilateral partners.
  2. Advancing the national interests with international/regional organizations and institutions
  3. Providing protocol and consular assistance to Ni-Vanuatu citizens either traveling on official businesses or residing overseas.
  4. Provide advice on delimitation of Vanuatu’s maritime boundaries.


Department of External Trade

Advising the Government on political and trade relations at the international arena and maintain Trade relations on;

  • Bilateral and
  • Multilateral
  • To facilitate the implementation, administration and operation, and further the objectives, of these trade agreements and provide the framework for the implementation, administration and operation of Plurilateral Trade Agreements
  • Administer the negotiation team among the National stakeholders concerning these trade relations in matters dealt with under the agreements specified
  • Administer the understanding on the rules and procedures governing settlement of trade dispute
  • Administer the trade policy review mechanism

Undertaking these with a view for Vanuatu to achieving greater coherence and benefits in global economic policy-making.  


Author: Administrator