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Pacific Skills Summit To Address Critical Issues

In the spirit of the Blue Pacific, the inaugural Summit is a regional platform to focus on the collaborative efforts and investments needed to secure skills for a sustainable and inclusive future.
13 Jun 2019 10:00
Pacific Skills Summit To Address Critical Issues
From left: Australia Pacific Training Coalition chief executive officer Soli Middleby, University of the South Pacific Pacific Technical and Further Education chief executive officer Hasmukh Lal, Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organisations deputy executive director Siale Ilolahia and Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation chief executive officer Alisi Tuqa on June 12, 2019. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala.

The high unemployment and job gap in the region is one of the key issues that will be highlighted at this year’s Pacific Skills Summit.

In the spirit of the Blue Pacific, the inaugural Summit is a regional platform to focus on the collaborative efforts and investments needed to secure skills for a sustainable and inclusive future.

The summit will take place 25 to 26 June 2019 at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, in Suva. This was highlighted during a press conference at USP yesterday.

Greenhouse Studio is the organiser of this event on behalf of Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC).

APTC chief executive officer, Soli Middleby said this is the first time the summit will be held in Fiji.

“For APTC, the Summit is about collaboration for skills development and investment,” she said.

“Collaboration to design the education and training systems the region needs to secure a strong, prosperous and sustainable future.”

Ms Middleby said this Summit will bring together 37 thinkers, futurists, leaders and practitioners from private sector, civil society, regional organisations, national governments, development partners and futurists from 12 countries.

She said APTC is thrilled to support this historic Summit, because of its potential to:

  • Focus attention on the critical issues of training, skills and jobs, and
  • Encourage greater investment in skills training;

USP Pacific Technical and Further Education chief executive officer, Hasmukh Lal said much of the change has been driven by the impact of technology and ICT on the demand for, and the supply of skills.

Mr Lal said: “It is critical, that we consider through the Summit, questions on what is the current state of skills development in the region; what are the policies/strategies that we have or that we need to address skills imbalances.

“And most important how can we as a Pacific region better influence and adapt to the impending changes to skills and labour demands resulting from global transformation and technological advancement.”

Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organisations, deputy executive director – Siale Ilolahia said: “The emphasis placed on inclusion and next generation skills in the Summit.

“We recognise that the support for investment in next generation skills, must identify and give greater attention to emerging industrial practices that will drive jobs and sustainable growth for all.

“We must explore and find the right policies and partnerships to best prepare today’s learners with the skills to meet future challenges and opportunities.

Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation CEO, Alisi Tuqa said: “The Summit aims to address such issues and more importantly provide solutions through advocating a “net skills gain” approach under labour mobility efforts and capitalising on the prospect of investing in youth entrepreneurship, in light of the burgeoning Pacific youth population”

Summit background

Fiji is a key deliverable under the Pacific Skills Partnership launched by Baron Divavesi Waqa, President of the of Nauru, at the 49th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting last year.

The Partnership was established in recognition that a sustainable region will require skills and Pacific-led collaboration on skills-based, real-life outcomes for Pacific people and communities.

Feedback: lusiana.tuimaisala@fijisun.com.fj




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