Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary-General announced that a new strategy to promote partnership with the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) is expected to benefit Nigeria and 87 accredited Commonwealth organisations.
The Commonwealth Secretariat’s initiative will boost collaboration between the accredited Commonwealth organisations, in order to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The CTO includes partner organisations, officially referred to as ‘Accredited Organisations’ which include a wide range of inter-governmental, professional and civil society organisations.
Scotland revealed that the new Commonwealth Secretariat Partnerships Strategy would provide a clear method for engaging with each category of partner from a results-based management perspective.
According to the Commonwealth Secretary-General, “most of you will be aware that on becoming Secretary-General, I undertook a review which led to re-organisation of the Secretariat. Within our reconfigured structure, and so that we are better placed to mobilise the potential of partnerships, a dedicated Innovation and Partnerships team was established within the Strategy, Portfolio and Partnerships Division”.
She added that “this is an important element in the new structure, because collaborating with international and Commonwealth partners is a key principle in the outcomes-based strategic plan to which we are now working and which covers the period until our financial year 2020/21”.
Gisa Fuatai Purcell, Acting Secretary-General of the CTO, received updates during the dialogue on how the accreditation process works, on election observation, the Commonwealth’s cyber declaration and its implementation, as well as an update from the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration.
Purcell said “the CTO looks forward to working even more closely with the Secretariat and further expand our partnership with them”.