What is the Implementation Unit?

The PACER Plus Development and Economic Cooperation Work Programme will provide assistance to Pacific PACER Plus members to strengthen their capacity to benefit from regional and international trade and contribute to achieving economic growth and sustainable development.

The PACER Plus Implementation Unit, which will manage and deliver the work programme, is based in Apia, Samoa, and is led by Roy Lagolago. Roy has a background in Pacific trade and customs and was previously head of the Oceania Customs Organisation.

Our Vision

To increase and deliver sustainable and inclusive investment, trade, and economic growth initiatives through PACER Plus to improve the lives and wellbeing of our people.

Our Mission

To implement the PACER Plus Development and Economic Cooperation Work Programme for the sustainable and tangible benefit of the Parties.

Our Values

To achieve our Vision and Mission, our work will embody and prioritise:

Resilience: Respond to the changing social, economic, and political environments, seizing opportunities and managing risk.

Integrity: Act ethically and transparently in our decisions and implementation of activities.

Community: Build lasting relationships among our Parties and stakeholders, based on our community’s links, shared values, interests, and diversity.

Equity: Address Parties needs in a fair and impartial way recognising their unique differences.

Foundational Principles

We will remain true to the founding principles that established our organisation:

Accountability: Signatories want to be assured that the development assistance is spent in an effective way (delivering outcomes) and that it is not wasted, with the organisation being directly accountable to the Joint Committee.

Efficiency: An organisation that can deliver the activities they want in a timely manner and respond effectively to requests.

Independence: An organisation that is free from influence and barriers that hinder progress.

Ownership: Ownership Everyone has a voice in decision making, setting the direction, and overseeing the effective implementation of the Development and Economic Cooperation Work Programme.

Simplicity: Governance and accountability arrangements around need to be clear and not overly complex.