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Officers Gain Skills To Improve Their Service

Officers Gain Skills To Improve Their Service
From left: Anaseini Waqalaivi, Patricia Mallam, Christiana Eagan, Lusiana Balebau and Official Secretary to the President’s Office Pene Balainabuli during the closing of the Training of Trainers in Protocol & Consular Services workshop at Level 9, Suvavou House, Suva, on May 16, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua
May 17
11:00 2018

Senior civil servants and Gov­ernment drivers are now better skilled to handle dig­nitaries after receiving their cer­tificates yesterday.

The certificates were given after a one-week training in Suva jointly organised by the Government and the New Zealand High Commis­sion.

More than 150 officers graduated with a Training of Trainers in Pro­tocol and Consular Services certifi­cate.

Ioane Naivalurua, the Foreign Af­fairs Permanent Secretary, said: “There is intention to look beyond this training for what the future may bring.

“Of course, capacity building that can make you a better person, your skills, your knowledge and above all the specialised training that you went through.”

He said their service would en­hance good relationship between Fiji and other foreign countries.


“Government is very committed to the reforms of changing things around, doing things better so that we are able to serve the Fijians bet­ter and more effectively,” he said.

“The old way of doing things is gone, we now have a clear inten­tion and a clear direction which you and I are expected to meet.

“It’s about doing the right thing and doing it right.”

Drivers were trained on how to look after visiting dignitaries from abroad, their respective ministers and permanent secretaries.

The reason for conducting this particular training in Fiji was the co-operative inter-agency relation­ship portrayed by the Fijian gov­ernment according to New Zealand Ambassador Don Mackay.

He also said the NZ High Com­mission was able to contribute in-depth knowledge of the diplomatic relation internationally. And vice-versa was done by the Fijians.

“It’s been a great learning experi­ence for us facilitators,” said Mr Mackay.

“This particular training was conducted for the first time in Fiji.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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