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Dr Jimmie Rodgers is currently the Director-General of the Pacific Region’s largest Scientific and Technical regional organisation, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) a position he held since January 2006.
Prior to assuming the position of Director-General, Jimmie led and managed SPC’s largest regional office in Suva, Fiji as its Senior deputy Director-General for eight years since January 1998 and prior to this he was based in Noumea, New Caledonia as one of SPC’s two deputy Directors General responsible for all SPC’s technical programmes from since 1996.
Jimmie is originally a medical practitioner specialising in anaesthesia. He also holds a Masters degree in health services administration and management from the University of New South Wales. Before joining SPC in 1996, he held the position of Under-Secretary for Health Care in the Solomon Islands’ Ministry of Health and Medical Services for six years. This position was responsible planning, leading and managing the third largest health service delivery system in the Pacific, with Fiji and PNG heath systems the only two Pacific island countries having larger health delivery systems.
Jimmie has been involved in regional development and regional reform initiatives since 1994 when he was a member of the design team for the ‘Fiji School of Medicine Redevelopment Plan’. In 2004 he was a member of the ‘Reflections Group’ for the Eminent Persons group that reviewed the Forum. The report from the Eminent Persons’ group provided the basis for the call by Pacific Forum Leaders to develop the ‘Pacific Plan for strengthening regional cooperation and integration’ in their 2004 Auckland declaration. Jimmie was closely involved in the development of the Pacific Plan and oversaw its implementation at SPC as Director-General following its approval by Pacific Forum Leaders in October 2005. Jimmie also sat as Board member of other of organisations including the Fiji School of medicine and the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research during his career.
Following the 2005 decision by Pacific Forum leaders to reform the ‘architecture of Pacific regional organisations’ Jimmie led SPC’s involvement in what was to become the single largest regional reform process of regional organisations in the Pacific islands region. The Regional Institutional Framework reform process which took five years to complete resulted in an expansion in SPC’s scope of work and the size of the organisation.
Jimmie’s tenure at the SPC had seen a period rapid change in particular over the past 6 years of implementing the regional institutional reforms. He is now leading the organisation to implement the recommendations of a major independent external review that will put SPC in good stead going forward into the future.