By Staycey Yalo, EMTV SPORTS, Port Moresby
Public Servants from major departments such as Health, Education, Treasury, and others are undergoing key development skills program in leadership capabilities, strategic thinking and policy development.
The program, Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct, is a partnership between the Governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia to support the development of ethical and capable public sector leaders in PNG.
The 2-week program that started last week is expected to end this week and is delivered in collaboration between the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance, (Former Institute of Public Administration), University of Papua New Guinea, the University of Queensland and is closely guided by the Department of Personnel Management.
Since 2015, more than 2,000 people have engaged with the Precinct through its training programs and discussion events. The program is supported by Government of PNG policies – notably the Leadership capability Framework and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion policy, which demands equal opportunities and treatment of women in the workplace, and recruitment and promotion that is merit-based and free from bias.
The significance of this program is that there are more women participants in the courses.
The future leaders program takes over the period of around 9 months, with three lots of intensive- two week residential blocks.
The precinct supports learning and discussions in the public service through a range of training programs to strengthen key educational institutions as well, public events and modern infrastructure.