Reflections on Pacific EMIS development and use in 2011

This note presents reflections on the status of EMIS development and use in the Pacific.It is based on reviews of VEMIS (2008), KEMIS (2010), and SIEMIS (2010), major global reports on EMIS development and on personal experience and expertise.

The reflections are just a review of reviews; so conclusions should be read taking into account that- it was not possible to identify information on (generic) tools used in the development of Pineapples software and the national EMISs- it was not possible to test EMISs- no interviews were held with clients, developers and users (as is done in the reviews).

VEMIS (Vanuatu), KEMIS (Kiribati) and SIEMIS (Solomon Islands) are products developed by UniQuest (University of Queensland) based on Pineapples software. A similar system is implemented in Nauru. It is considered for Tuvalu, Niue and Tokelau. Fiji and Papua New Guinea have their own customized EMIS but these are apparently not meeting all their needs. Tonga planned to develop and implement an EMIS in 2006, but a viable system was not delivered. In Samoa the Ministry is working on establishing an EMIS that merges existing databases. (Grinsted SIEMIS 2010)

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