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PICPA discusses Civil Service Institute with Samoa

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Chairman of Samoa Public Service Commission, Tu’u’u Dr Ieti Taulealo

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA) is working with the Government of Samoa to examine options for the establishment of a Civil Service Institute (CSI), as part of the country’s drive to improve capabilities of her civil service. 

Director of PICPA, Mr Parmesh Chand confirmed that the Centre has responded positively to a request for assistance from Samoa’s Public Service Commission to make available the services of a consultant to conduct a detailed feasibility study on the proposal. 

“CSIs play an important role in conducting research, providing training and pursuing advocacy work on pertinent areas of public administration, including the critical area of assisting with capacity building for improved public service delivery,” Mr Chand stated.

In acknowledging PICPA’s assistance, the Chairman of Samoa Public Service Commission, Tu’u’u Dr Ieti Taulealo said the decision to undertake exploratory works for setting up an Institute as such, is in line with their five-year Strategic Plan. 

He said the Commission wishes to obtain as much information and data as possible to be able to make a well informed decision.

Dr Taulealo confirmed that his Office is looking forward to receiving the Consultant’s report, which is likely to be ready by the end of June.

PICPA is a specialist centre which responds to the identified needs and plans of Pacific Island Countries (PICs) for strengthened public administration, to enable improved service delivery and faster economic growth. 

Funded by the Australian Government, PICPA is perfectly positioned within USP to network and utilise the resource capabilities of the University for training and capacity building in project preparations, monitoring and evaluation, public finance management procurement and governance and leadership development, among others.

This news item was published on 24 May 2016 04:00:03 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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