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Precinct supports public service leadership

The Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct is supporting Papua New Guinean public servants to apply key national public service policies in ethical conduct and gender equity.

More than 80 public servants, private sector and civil society from mainly provincial and district levels of government attended the Precinct’s Diversity in Leadership for Basic Service Delivery course from 22-25 August.

Department of Personnel Management Deputy Secretary Taies Sansan urged course participants to lead inclusively and cater for all citizens when delivering basic services.

“As leaders we need to work together to ensure the needs of all our people are considered. Your purpose here is to learn about what it takes to be a leader, how to implement the policies in your work areas and how to handle service delivery” Ms Sansan said.

The short course examined the practical application of the two policies that underpin the Government of Papua New Guinea’s public service reform agenda; the Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) Policy, and the Ethics and Value-Based Executive Leadership & Management Capability Framework.

Australian High Commission Counsellor, Jodie McAlister, reiterated the strong partnership between the two governments to support ethical leadership and governance across the Papua New Guinean public service. Ms McAlister said leadership was about leading by example, and urged participants to make a stand against marginalisation of women and the disabled.

The Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct is a joint initiative of the Governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia to promote ethical leadership within the public sector at the national, provincial and district levels.