Republic of the Marshall IslandsNATIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN2015–2017June 2014
EPPSO, June 2014. Republic of the Marshall IslandsThis document is available for re-publication and public use. Any modification of any kind is strictlyprohibited without the expressed permission of the Economic Policy, Planning and Statistics Office(EPPSO).
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENTHis Excellency President LoeakIt gives me great pleasure and privilege to present to all stakeholders, the RMI National Strategic Plan,(NSP). This Instrument provides for the RMI development strategies for the next three year period,(2015–2017).As our young nation faces difficult challenges in its daily activities and planning, we tend to look to thepast for guidance for the present and future, to ensure that we steady the course towards progress andself-sufficiency. The NSP is such the instrument steadying the course and navigating us toward this goal.The development of this National Strategic Plan was accomplished through joint collaborative efforts ofgovernmental ministries, agencies, businesses, as well as private sector entrepreneurs, nongovernmental organizations, and numerous others in civil society, who shared in one goal and objectiveaiming to ensure that the course and future of RMI is steered toward self-sustainability and efficiency.As President, I strongly encourage stakeholders to allocate sufficient resources to support theimplementation of the development goals and objectives identified in the National Strategic Plan, forthe continued development of good governance and a vibrant Marshallese society.I extend to the RMI development partners, especially the United Nations Development Fund and theAsian Development Bank, the warm gratitude and appreciation of the Government, and the people ofthe Republic of the Marshall Islands, for their full on-going support and assistance, towards theimplementation and progress of the National Strategic Plan.I encourage stakeholders to come together in the spirit of joint collaboration and efforts, as enshrined inthe words of our forefathers, “Jepelpelin Ke Eju Kaan”, to achieve successful results and progress of RMInational priorities, in order to ensure a greater and brighter future for our young nation. Please acceptthe assurances of my highest gratitude.Sincerely,Christopher J. LoeakPresident
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSThe Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands wishes to thank the National Strategic PlanSteering Committee for their guidance and oversight in designing and developing this document. TheSteering Committee was led by the Chief Secretary. Other members of the Committee include theSecretary of Finance, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the Director of Economic Policy Planning andStatistics Office, the Director of the Office of Compact Implementation, the President of the MarshallIslands Mayors Association, and representatives from the Office of Attorney General, the Private Sectorand the Non-Governmental Organization Community.Special appreciation is given to the Marshall Island Government’s line Ministries, Agencies and StateOwned Enterprises, and most importantly, all of Marshallese society for their valuable input andcontributions to the development of this National Strategic Plan.RMI government would also like to acknowledge the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Fijifor sponsoring the Technical Assistance Team, comprised of Chris M. Yanckello, for their assistance inpreparing this document. The Government also wishes to acknowledge the Asian Development Bank(ADB) for their assistance in printing this document and providing technical assistance for the initialimplementation of the National Strategic Plan, including the development of the National Strategic PlanElectronic Platform found at www.eppso.org.Acknowledgement is also extended to the staff of the College of the Marshall Islands and EPPSO fortheir efforts in reviewing and preparing this publication.All photographs used by permission.For further information on the material contained in this report, please contact:Government of the Marshall IslandsEconomic Policy Planning and Statistics OfficeOffice of the PresidentPO Box 7Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands96960TelephoneFaxEmail: 692-625-3802/03: 692-625-3805: [email protected]
TABLE OF CONTENTSABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS . ixEXECUTIVE SUMMARY .xiii1.SNAPSHOT OF THE RMI . 12.INTRODUCTION . 23.NSP COMPONENTS AND NSP TIMELINE . 5NSP Components . 5NSP Timeline . 64.RMI BACKGROUND OVERVIEW . 7Government . 7Economy . 7Geography . 8People. 95.NATIONAL PLANNING HISTORY IN THE RMI . 12History . 126.ORGANIZATION OF THE NSP . 137.COORDINATION OF THE NSP WITH ONGOING PLANNING AND BUDGETING . 158.NSP NATIONAL CONTEXT AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT THEMES. 17Vision 2018 and NSP National Context . 189.THE NATIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN VISION . 22Vision Statement . 2310. THE NATIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN OBJECTIVE . 24NSP Objective . 2411. SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT SECTOR . 25SECTOR OVERVIEW . 26SECTOR DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES . 29NSP NATIONAL PRIORITIES AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT SECTOR DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES . 3212. ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND RESILIENCY SECTOR . 34SECTOR OVERVIEW . 34SECTOR DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES . 38NSP NATIONAL PRIORITIES AND ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AN RESILIENCY SECTORDEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES. 40vii
RMI National Strategic Plan 2015–201713. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT SECTOR . 42SECTOR OVERVIEW . 43SECTOR DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES . 47NSP NATIONAL PRIORITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT SECTOR DEVELOPMENTOBJECTIVES . 5014. SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SECTOR . 52SECTOR OVERVIEW . 53SECTOR DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES . 57NSP NATIONAL PRIORITIES AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SECTOR DEVELOPMENTOBJECTIVES . 6015. GOOD GOVERNANCE SECTOR . 63SECTOR OVERVIEW . 64SECTOR DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES . 69NSP NATIONAL PRIORITIES AND GOOD GOVERNANCE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES . 7216. HUMAN RESOURCE CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT . 7417. NSP IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING . 75NSP Implementation and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (M&E) Overview . 75Monitoring Methodology . 76Summary of NSP Monitoring and Evaluation Framework . 77ANNEX 1 . 79ANNEX 2 . 85ANNEX 3 . 89ANNEX 4 . 101ANNEX 5 . 109ANNEX 6 . 111ANNEX 7.131ANNEX 8 . 133ANNEX 9 . 145ANNEX 10 . 147viii
ABBREVIATIONS AND MMFSMFYGAOGDIGDPGHGAsian Development BankAttorney GeneralAlab Lebje Relatives OrganizationAir Marshall IslandsAustralian and New ZealandAustralian Public Service CommissionArms Trade TreatyBank of the Marshall IslandsBarbados Plan of ActionsComprehensive Adjustment ProgramCommunity Based Governance SystemClimate Change AdaptationConvention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against WomenChlorofluorocarbonsCoastal Management Advisory CouncilCollege of the Marshall IslandsCommonwealth of the Northern Mariana IslandsConsumer Price IndexConvention on the Rights of the ChildCouncil of Regional Organizations of the PacificConvention on the Rights of Person with DisabilityComprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban TreatyDevelopment Assistance CommitteeDemographic Health SurveyDirect Observation TherapyDisaster Risk ManagementDarrit-Uliga-DelapEnhanced Consultative MechanismExclusive Economic ZoneEnvironmental Impact AssessmentEnglish Language ArtsEnvironmental Protection AuthorityEconomic Policy, Planning and Statistics OfficeEuropean UnionFederal Emergency Management AgencyFood for EducationForum Island CountriesFinancial Management ModelFederated States of MicronesiaFiscal YearGovernment Accountability OfficeGender Development IndexGross Domestic ProductGreenhouse Gasesix