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Tikoitoga Starts Diplomatic Training

Former Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Mosese Tikoitoga is well on his way to becoming a diplomat. He was part of the 8th induction course for
20 Aug 2015 13:10
Tikoitoga Starts Diplomatic Training
Seated from left, Isikeli Mataitoga, Fijian Ambassador to Japan, Esala Nayasi, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Vishnu Mohan, Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Parmesh Chand, Permanent Secretary for PSC and Mosese Tikoitoga former RFMF Commander. Behind them are the induction workshop participants. Photo: Shahani Mala.

Former Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Mosese Tikoitoga is well on his way to becoming a diplomat.

He was part of the 8th induction course for diplomatic services, that started yesterday at the former parliamentary complex at Veiuto, in Suva.

Forty participants, from all over the civil service are part of the training that was opened yesterday by Public Service Commission (PSC) chairman Vishnu Mohan. The training is facilitated by veteran diplomat Isikeli Mataitoga, current Fijian Ambassador to Japan. It will end on August 27.

Diplomats must have a good understanding of countries foreign policies, rules of engagement and importantly negotiating skills, said Mr Mohan.

“As a diplomat, you would promote Fiji and protects its interests and citizen overseas; you also provide support and advice in the development of Fiji’s foreign policy,” he said.

“The Public Service Commission in conjunction with Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to ensure that it has a pool of diplomats for overseas posting.”

He said since the inception of the course in 2011, more than 239 officials have been trained.

“Apart from Fijian civil servants, the training has been extended to participants from the Fiji’s private sector and civil servants from the region,” Mr Mohan said.

“The Government continues to invest heavily in the human resource development in both public and private sectors. This will ensure that Fiji has a qualified, skilful and competent workforce.

“Fiji’s committed towards UN international peace and security initiatives; it continues o strengthen its peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts,” he said.

Mr Mohan said the knowledge and skills acquired through the course would help them enhance and sharpen their and also help them understand foreign representatives they would be engaging with.

“Overall, it is clear that we need qualified diplomats that act in accordance with the idea that peace, stability and prosperity are truly indivisible,” he said.

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