Compact review Pillar One – Looking at 2023 in Micronesia and beyond

In this blog post, I want to talk about an unknown organization (unknown by many, but not all) that is looking at our future in Micronesia.  Yes, I am talking about the JCRP.

What is it?

So, what is the JCRP?  It is the Joint Committee on Compact Review and Planning.  Their mandate, under FSM public law 19-85, which established this organization, is to:

coordinate the country’s preparation efforts towards effective and smooth post Compact government upon expiration of the economic provisions of the Amended Compact of Free Association with the United States in 2023.

I am so very happy that these guys have been created so that there is a coordinated effort.  As you may have heard from one of my podcasts, the people of the FSM are always talking about “2023”.  So, it is good to know there is an organization that is there to “coordinate” efforts to prepare for the post 2023 and beyond era.

Pillar One

Recently, the JCRP shared a document titled: JCRP Pillar 1 – What can the FSM and its States do in the near- and medium-term to improve the country’s (Federated States of Micronesia) financial outlook? 

This document in its draft form (that’s all I have), is 79 pages long and looks like a good read.  I haven’t finished it yet, but from what I have read so far it looks to be another list of recommendations that have been previously suggested but never actually done.  It appears to say that the framework for the recommendations (and there are many) are already there, but the political will is absent.  I’m not sure.  Allow me to read first and share with you in a later post.

Conclusion

Some action is better than none, recommendations are better than condemnations.  I know that the JCRP is fairly new and has a big task ahead of them, I am grateful for and appreciate them.  I hope that in the future, the people – the ones who are most affected by the results and recommendations of the JCRP – are better informed.  How?  How about a blog? A Facebook page? A website? A newsletter? a podcast 🙂 or even just youtube videos that show the action being taken to coordinate these important efforts.  The people deserve it.

Catch you on the next blog or on The Micronesian Podcast.