By MALUM NALU
Three promising young Papua New Guinea leaders have just returned from a three-month training programme in the USA and Taiwan.
They are University of Goroka lecturer Jane Awi, Office of Prime Minister senior research officer Bill Minjikul, and Department of Health policy officer Clement Dusava,
Awi is a PhD candidate in Creative Industry at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, while Minjikul and Dusava are former SRC presidents of the University of Papua New Guinea.
Dusava is also a member of UPNG Council.
|Dusava, Hu and Awi during a welcome luncheon last Friday.-Picture by MALUM NALU|
They went to Honolulu, Hawaii and Taipei, Taiwan to participate the Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP) with Taiwan for three months.
Taiwan Trade Mission representative Daniel Hu welcomed the three young leaders back from abroad to join the country’s endeavors toward growth and success.
“PILP with Taiwan is a new initiative designed to provide opportunities to enhance the leadership capacities of individuals in the Pacific Islands region and build a network of young leaders who will contribute to lasting people-to-people relationships across the Pacific Rim,” he said.
“It’s satisfactory to us to note the three-month programme met all participants’ high expectation.
“They have gained knowledge and understanding of key economic, social, political, health, educational and environmental issues affecting the region, and thus been cultivated with leadership skills, innovative approaches and new networks to make meaningful contributions to the region in the years to come.
“Improvement in leadership standards and capacity is the most important remedy to service delivery to the people, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said.
“We wish the three PNG young leaders all the best to fulfill their dreams and passions about service delivery to their fellow Papua New Guineans through their extended networking in the region.
“As the eligibility for the PILP with Taiwan is competitive, merit-based awards, we are seeking outstanding individuals from all walks of life - government, business, environment, NGOs, health, media, agriculture, education, and others - to apply.
“The mission calls on qualified PNG’s young leaders, with a minimum of two years of significant work experience, and who are committed to a career in the Pacific Islands region, to apply in 2014, irrespective of your respective status.”
Awi said: “We are mid-career young leaders.
“We are at the crossroads.
“The programme has really helped us to sharpen our leadership ability and skills, to think broadly, to think holistically of how we can contribute more meaningfully and effectively.”
Dusava said: “In PNG’s case we’ve seen reports many times that we suffer from a crisis in leadership.
“Some of the decisions being made are not in the best interest of our country.
“The key thing that we learned is our own leadership, where we are in our communities, our country, and our workplace.”