The Council is ultimately responsible for the management of PASO’s financial and business affairs.
At the PASO Annual General Meeting, held annually in December in Vanuatu, Council Members elect a Chairperson and two Deputy Chairpersons who automatically become the Chairpersons for PASO Sub-committees.
The PASO Financial Sub-committee and the PASO Technical Sub-committee oversee the implementation of PASO objectives and report to the broader PASO Council at PASO ordinary meetings.
The current PASO Council is chaired by Samoa, with the Cook Islands chairing the Finance Sub-committee and Vanuatu chairing the Technical Sub-committee.
The PASO Steering Committee was established to ensure PASO meets its ADB Loan terms, and now also governs the World Bank funded PASO Reform Project. This committee is comprised of four Council Members from Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu, who act as guarantors to the PASO ADB Loan and reports progress to the PASO Council.