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Striving For Excellence

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is striving to achieve excellence by developing the competency and enhancing the capabilities of its staff through the regular training programmes. During the two-day induction
01 Dec 2018 10:54
Striving For Excellence
Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Major-General (Ret’d) Ioane Naivalurua with executives and staff members who took part in this week’s induction training held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Suva. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is striving to achieve excellence by developing the competency and enhancing the capabilities of its staff through the regular training programmes.

During the two-day induction training organised this week at the ministry’s headquarters in Suva, 23 staff members, who joined the ministry last year and this year, had the chance to enrich their knowledge and understanding about the ministry’s Strategic Plan 2018 to 2022 and Operational Plan 2018 to 2019, and its alignment to the country’s five to 20-year National Development Plan.

Apart from presentations on the ministry’s strategic plan, programmes, corporate services, protocol services, financial regulations and overall operations, there were also interactive sessions on the civil service values and code of conduct, civil service reforms, budget processes and parliament roles. Speaking at the official opening of the induction programme, the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Major-General (Ret’d) Ioane Naivalurua, reminded the staff members of their roles to serve with integrity to promote the country’s best interests, both nationally and internationally.

He said given the ministry’s dynamic role to co-ordinate both offshore and onshore programmes, it demanded commitment and decisive actions by the team to maximise the returns on the investment.

Moving forward, Mr Naivalurua advised the staff members to seek clear directions on the three key pillars for excellence – “where we are currently, where do we want to go and how do we get there”.

He said excellence was the hallmark of every action and programmes undertaken by the ministry, locally and internationally.

The new recruits have been encouraged to take ownership of the ministry’s vision on building a stronger, safer and prosperous Fiji through excellence in foreign service and to work in unity, inspire to innovate and excel in their professional and personal aspirations.

In the pursuit to service excellence, the ministry provides platforms like daily morning briefings.

It allows staff members to efficiently co-ordinate their internal communication, share information in a consistent manner and broaden their knowledge on the recent developments happening here and abroad.

Equally important, to reflect on the work of the country’s 18 foreign missions and four bureaus, namely the Multilateral Bureau, Oceania Bureau and Asia Bureau and AAMEER Bureau (Africa, Americas, Middle East, Europe and Russia).

 

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