Pacific leadership and Governance Precinct

Improved public sector envisioned

The Minister was speaking during a Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct meet in Madang last month.

Supporting the development of public servants in districts and provinces, including opportunities to engage in the public-private partnership arrangement, were the key discussions of the Executive Advisory Board of the Precinct.

The meeting also coincided with the launch of the new short course on project management.

Kapavore said the Precinct is helping to strengthen the foundations of the public service.

Share leadership: Ambassador

“We want women to be seen as leaders and to become leaders,” said Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone.

Dr Stone met with participants of the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct’s Future Leaders Program to discuss the qualities needed to overcome challenges and champion positive change in the public service, during her recent visit to Papua New Guinea.

“You’ve got to find your champions – there will always be a Minister or a director of your department who is a champion and understands GESI (Gender Equity and Social Inclusion).”

PNGIPA steps up regional training

PNGIPA, a core partner of the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct, recently launched its Project Management course in Kokopo, East New Britain Province.

The Project Management course was attended by more than 20 participants and marked a significant landmark for PNGIPA.

The Precinct is supporting PNGIPA’s training delivery which includes increased opportunities for vocational education in subnational areas and improvements to regional training centres.

​New resource centre for PNGIPA

A ground-breaking ceremony was held on 21 June to celebrate the centre, which will provide modern spaces to Papua New Guinea for teaching, research and discussion.

The new resource centre will also complement the ongoing construction of a new administration office called the new Bully Beef Building at PNGIPA, which started last year. 

The institution’s capacity to deliver courses is being strengthened through the Precinct, supported by a partnership with the Australian Public Service Commission.

Next generation of leaders ready to step up

This was the statement from Department of Personnel Management Deputy Secretary, Taies Sansan, during the recent launch of the Future Leaders Program.

“You have been chosen because you have demonstrated the qualities that it takes to be a leader,” she told 25 of Papua New Guinea’s most talented public servants who are currently participating in the new Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct program.

Effective management of extractive resource revenues needed

This is one of the focus areas in a workshop currently underway in Port Moresby which has brought together key stakeholders in the extractive industry in PNG.

The workshop, jointly hosted by the PNG Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (PNGEITI) and the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct, has brought together resource sector stakeholders to discuss with them and to equip them with the tools to manage PNG’s vast natural resources.

More UPNG programs to strengthen human resource

UPNG School of Business and Public Policy (SBPP) Executive Dean, Professor Lekshmi Pillai, said to increase the public service human resource, the School has already embarked on new programs and infrastructure.

SBPP started a new program this year called Master of Economic and Public Policy.

In addition, construction on a new School of Business and Public Policy complex has commenced.

UPNG business school set to enter new era

The Master of Economics and Public Policy will commence in 2017 and is targeted at qualified economics and public policy professionals in government, private sector and Non-Government Organisations.

This new degree was made possible through the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct, a flagship investment of the Papua New Guinea and Australia partnership.

The new program coincides with the development of the University of Papua New Guinea School of Business and Public Policy’s five-year strategic plan, to set the direction for the school to 2021.

Australia’s Bishop launches Pacific Precinct program in POM

This is a joint PNG-Australia government initiative to strengthen public and private sector leadership in PNG.

This partnership was signed in December 2014 through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA).

The precinct aims to improve leadership at levels through education and training program. It will encourage collaboration and debate between the private and public sectors and the civil society.