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THE Government has been commended for rolling out training for public sector leaders to help districts drive local development.
Twenty-nine participants in the Yangoru-Saussia district of East Sepik graduated last Friday after a two-week training in project and financial management. Training was facilitated by the PNG Institute of Leadership and Governance.
The re-launched institute is a key partner of the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct which is a partnership between the governments of Australia and PNG designed to support the development of ethical, capable public sector leaders at all levels of the Government.
Department of Personnel Management Secretary Taies Sansan said so far there were six sub-national training programmes under the district rollout in Ialibu-Pangia, Kokopo, Madang, Pomio, Telefomin and now in the Yangoru-Saussia district.
“We need public servants who are ethical, capable and efficient,” she said.
“This course is a big achievement in the revitalisation of the institute and it is also an important milestone in the sub-national development of our public servants. It is important that we promote the development of public sector leaders throughout the country.”
Local MP and Minister for National Planning Richard Maru said the district had co-funded the programme with K40,000.
He said upcoming medium-term development plan three would show that the focus of Government expenditure was on the districts where 80 per cent of the country’s population lived.
“Make it happen on the ground. You need to apply yourselves, perform and deliver results,” Maru said.
“Create value and add value to your organisations in the districts. You must have the passion and the heart to deliver to the people. There must be a change of attitude, no chewing and smoking and turning up to work late.”
Maru said with the recent National Executive Counciol decision to approve the multimillion chicken, grain and cocoa project in the district, he looked forward to the support of the graduates. His vision is to see Yangoru-Saussia as a model district in terms of the public service and service delivery.
An Australian High Commission spokesperson said that since 2015, PNG and Australia had worked together through the precinct.
“Our collaboration recognises that a strong and effective public service is crucial for any nation’s stability, for its economic progress and social development,” the spokesperson said.

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