A parliamentary delegation from Australia has visited the Papua New Guinea Institute of Public Administration (PNGIPA) to learn more about the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct.
The event was a unique opportunity to for the staff and students promote the activities of the Precinct, an important bilateral initiative of the Governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia, to stakeholders outside PNG.
The visitors included Members of the House of Representatives from Australia, Ms Ann Sudmalis MP, Mr Damien Drum MP and Ms Madeleine King MP, and delegates from Save the Children, Australia’s largest aid and development agency dedicated to helping children.
After being welcomed by representatives from PNGIPA and the University Of Papua New Guinea School Of Business and Public Policy and the Australian High Commission, delegates joined students and staff in a Diploma of Government classroom, a course which is being delivered through the Precinct to develop and encourage emerging leaders in country.
This proved to be the highlight of the event, as the delegates and Diploma participants were engrossed in discussion on the importance of ethics and leadership to an effective public service and the unique challenges faced in PNG.
Member for Gilmore, Ms Ann Sudmalis, praised Precinct partners for the ethics and governance training being delivered to public servants in PNG.
“The training is something that probably should be happening all over the world and something that is missing in leadership,” Ms Sudmalis said.
“You establishing the course, and probably one of the first, is extra specials and to have a 50-50 gender split, my goodness, you deserve gold medals for that.”