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Planning and Development Division (PDD)

The Planning and Development Division (PDD) is responsible for fisheries project sustainability and for fisheries development promoting sustainable livelihoods.


Fisheries Development for Sustainable Livelihoods

Kiribati needs a high-level analysis of fisheries and marine resources development, including their economics, in order to set and promote sustainable development goals in line with the government’s aspirations of achieving the highest level of economic and social benefits from the marine resources in particular the fisheries and mineral resources.


PDD is bound to perform a broad consultative/coordinative and holistic approach in the role of resource planning and economic analysis to provide an informed decision-making process through the following;

  • Leading the formulation of policies, plans and strategies, and monitoring and evaluating the implementation of all development programs and projects;

  • Providing proactive and sound policy analysis, strategic planning, effective communication, sharing and dissemination of data and information, and advice on all economic and developmental issues for the Ministry,

  • Working closely with FFA and SPC in particular to improve economic analysis and modelling of fisheries and mineral resources, including joint-venture companies.

  • Providing a coordinated and collaborative approach to the local communities, key stakeholders, both private and government sectors, and development partners,

  • Maintaining quality performance in the role of planning and advisory to the Secretary and the Minister in a timely manner, and to facilitate and strengthen the management and decision making of the Ministry.

PDD promotes sustainable development in line with the Government aspirations for achieving the highest level of economic development and social benefit from the marine resources in particular the fisheries and mineral resources. Thus, improving economic growth and poverty reduction. We aim to communicate PDD’s policy framework to promote our visions, missions and capabilities for further developments.

How PDD Works

PDD works within the Ministry which plays a central and overarching role to oversee all development programmes and projects for the Ministry. PDD deals with:

  • All concerns in relation to the planning, formulation, development, monitoring and evaluation stages of the program and project.

  • All Divisions, Units, SOEs are responsible for management and operation of all activities, implement given projects and to provide progress reports (every 3 months) and terminal reports (at completion of activity)

PDD works closely with all the divisions and units for effective coordination and implementation of projects. 6-monthly meetings are convened to evaluate project implementation, address emerging issues and formulate project concepts for new development milestones. PDD also works closely with the Account Section on project appraisals, and project financial monitoring and acquittals.

Ongoing Projects and Activities

Fisheries Project Sustainability is our responsibility

We provide information to the public on MFMRD projects, for instance those described below.

Our role includes influencing behavioural changes. For instance, to encourage communities to protect and safeguard the development projects such as Fish centre and Ice making, and to educate people on how to conserve and protect these valuable projects in the Outer islands. We provide opportunities to the people, for instance we will announce vacancies on this website and on Facebook as they arise.

Establishing Fish Centres on the Outer Islands

The main purpose of this project is to enhance food security and most importantly is to develop and increase income generation to the local fishermen. The projects has been extensively covering most of the outer islands including Makin, Butaritrai, Marakei, Abaiang, Kuria, Aranuka, Nonouti, Tab South, Tab North, Onotoa, Beru, Tamana, Arorae, Banaba, Teraina and Tabuaeran.

Waa n Oo Project

The long term key objective of this project is to reach out to the individual fishing household in providing affordable fishing canoes to enhance food security and promote economic growth within the fishery sector. The project provides local canoes (waa n oo) to each islands. The project is implemented in stages as highlighted below:

  • Phase I: Nonouti, Tamana, Arorae, Kuria and Aranuka

  • Phase II: Makin, Nikunau, Onotoa and Butaritari

  • Phase III: Beru, Abaiang, Marakei, Tab South, Tab North, Abemama, Maiana, Teraina, Tabuaeran and Banaba.

Boat and Engine Project

This project aims to enhance food security and increase income generation for Outer Islands communities. The project provides a boat and engine to a community or village upon receiving a request. The receiver of the boat and engine will provide an operational and maintenance cost.

Artisanal Fisherman Loan Scheme Project

This project aims to maximise and sustain long term food security, income generation and ensure safety at sea for artisanal fishing through an accessible revolving loan scheme. The project provides loans to artisanal fishermen for supplying fishing equipment and bigger boats with facilities to maintain the quality of fish when fishing for more than 3 days.

Solar Power System Project

This project aims to improve the living conditions and welfare of the people in the outer islands and diversification of the economy in production leading to greater self-reliance and generation of cash employment. The project provides solar power systems to Outer Islands for ice making machines to minimize the high consumption of expensive fuel.

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Bairiki, Tarawa, Kiribati

Bairiki, Tarawa, Kiribati