The Chief Secretary to Government, Isaac B. Lupari, witnessed over 400 public servants including others, graduating with Diplomas and Certificates at the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Government on Friday, 26th April, in Port Moresby.
This is the first graduation for the Institution since its name change on May 1, 2018, from the Institute of Public Administration to the Institute of Leadership and Governance.
In his keynote address, the Chief Secretary said the institution has a long history in preparing leaders like Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare and Sir Albert Maori Kiki, through the Bully Beef Club, since its establishment as the Administrative College in 1963, when Australia was preparing Papua New Guinea at that time, for Independence and localization of the Public Sector Workforce.
“I would like to thank Chief Executive Officer of this institution Michael (Michael Barobe, CEO, PILAG), and his staff who have contributed so much in the development of knowledge and skills passing of the 438 graduants today,” the Chief Secretary said.
“I also thank the Board of this very important institution and particularly, the leadership of the Chairperson of the Board, in ensuring that this very historical institution continue to play its part in development and improvement of service delivery to our people.”
He further thanked the contributions of the development partnership, especially the Government and people of Australia, for its contribution to the restoration of the Institution and the development of the academic programs.
The Chief Secretary said in his own experience attending courses at the institution, it prepares people who are already in the public service and those who are going to better the public service to become a better public servant.
“This institution is very important for public servants and those who are going to join the public service.”
“To impart, practical knowledge, skills in accounting, budgeting, report writing, analytical reporting and writing, public speaking and skills for dealing with the International Community as well.”
The Chief Secretary said, the Institution must prepare itself to train public servants with the right skills to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.
The institute is funded by the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments and started in 2015. It provides ethical, needs-based training products and programmes of choice for Pacific Islands nations. It also provides training-based partnerships while developing, maintaining and promoting training standards and qualifications for the public sector.
Source: Media release from the Chief Secretary to Government