More than 70 high-potential public servants from across Papua New Guinea have completed the Future Leaders Program.
The group of emerging leaders were awarded certificates at a ceremony in Port Moresby on Friday (eds. 29 November).
The ceremony featured remarks by Taies Sansan, Acting Department of Personnel Management Secretary, and Andrew Egan, Australian High Commission Minister Counsellor.
The Future Leaders Program provides vocational training that is tailor-made for Papua New Guinea’s public sector, offering a pathway for public servants to make the step up to decision-making positions.
It is centred on the development of core skills for the public service, including leadership capabilities, strategic thinking and policy development.
Though the 2019 courses were run in Port Moresby, more than two-thirds of course participants were from provincial and district agencies.
It is also underpinned by the principles of gender equity, social inclusion and values-based leadership. More than 200 public servants have now completed the program since 2017 and over 50 per cent were women.
The nine-month program included workplace projects – a key component of the program that encourages each participant to their classroom learning to the work environment and make positive change within their organisations.
The Future Leaders Program is a key component of the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct – a partnership between Papua New Guinea and Australia that is supporting the development of ethical, capable and inclusive public sector leaders.