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China to help Fiji set up leadership academy By Maika Bolatiki A government leadership academy will now be established. And two top academic institutions in Shanghai, China, namely, the China
07 Oct 2012 11:11

China to help Fiji set
up leadership academy

By Maika Bolatiki

A government leadership academy will now be established.
And two top academic institutions in Shanghai, China, namely, the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP) and Shanghai Institute of International Studies (SIIS) have agreed to work together with the Fijian Government in setting this up.
This academy will cater for public officials and also accommodate a Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy.
This was the outcome of the Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola’s meeting with the executive members of the two distinguished institutions in Shanghai, China.
In his discussions with officials from CELAP and SIIS, Ratu Inoke agreed that there were areas that the two institutions and the Fijian Government could cooperate to develop executive leadership training for Fiji.
Ratu Inoke said Fiji would benefit a lot from the expertise and experience of these two institutions.
He added that they would provide the needed assistance that the Fijian Government needed to address the capacity needs of the civil service.
The Fijian Government he said was committed to hosting the programs offered by the two institutions soon.
In the discussion with Dr Jiang Haishan the Vice President of the Academy and the Deputy Director General Dr Harry Genfa Liu, the Minister was advised that CELAP was ready to assist the Fiji Government in its requests.
It was further agreed that a scoping team from CELAP would be sent to Fiji as soon as possible to prepare course outlines and evaluate other resources that would be needed.
Both parties agreed that the time to launch this project and expect to deliver the first courses was in early 2013.
The Fiij delegation also held a meeting with the President of SIIS, Mr. Yang Jiemian and senior officials of the institute.  Following a brief introduction by President Yang Jiemian, the Fiji delegation then provided a brief summary of Fiji’s foreign policy setting and what the Fiji government was presently doing to improve the training of its diplomats.
However, the government was aware of the need to further improve the specialised skills training for its diplomat and senior government officials in areas such as Climate Change Adaptation Diplomacy, Law of the Sea and Seabed Mining regime, International Humanitarian and Disaster Management and International Negotiations.
The series of courses to be developed would be delivered through a Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy as part of the Public Service Senior Executive Leadership Academy.
Another important component of the work of the proposed Center was to provide research and policy analysis to the Fiji Government is evolving areas of foreign policy and international relations.
This research would better inform and enrich Fiji Government policy formulation capabilities.
Another area is ICT based data collection to support policy formulation and public service decision making.
After some detail discussion of many of the issues raised by the Minister and his delegation, President Yang advised the Minister that SIIS agreed to assist the Fiji Government in the areas discussed.
Fiji was asked to provide a concept paper to SIIS as soon as possible, so that the process of starting the assistance that the Fiji delegation had asked for could be provided.




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