Cohort 2 of the SI Public Servants in the Post Graduate Certificate in Public Administration (PGCPA) with Lecturer, Dr Gordon Nanau.
Forty-eight (48) graduates from the Solomon Islands Public Service have successfully completed requirements leading to the award of their Post Graduate Certificates in Public Administration (PGCPA) by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA).
Mr Nego Sisiolo, Permanent Secretary of the Solomon Islands Ministry of the Public Service said the Solomon Islands Public Service is indeed fortunate and grateful to be supported by PICPA towards its capacity building programme for senior public officers on USP’s PGCPA in Honiara.
“In my view, the training approach is unique in a sense that course participants are given the space not only to learn about theories but to reflect and critique on current public management practice and thereby learn from each other’s experience,” he remarked.
According to Mr Sisiolo, the learning environment was fruitful and dynamic as participants were from varying professional backgrounds.
The programme he said, certainly contributes to capacity development for the Solomon Islands Public Service middle level managers, which in many ways respond to service-wide succession planning initiatives, to take on executive responsibilities in the future.
“The immediate impact of the training is evident in the behaviours of our participants’ level of confidence and motivation in driving major ministerial programmes.
“We are therefore hopeful that similar support from PICPA will be considered for the SI public service in the not too distant future,” Mr Sisiolo added.
Mr Parmesh Chand, Director of PICPA shared similar sentiments, noting that the structured training leading to attainment of formal qualifications for career public servants is an incentive to officers and such capacity building will help the achievement of the core objective of building professionalism, for improved service delivery.
Mr Chand said PICPA was delighted to be of assistance to the Solomon Island Public Service as they acted swiftly and efficiently in co-ordinating effective participation of relevant public officials.
Generally comments from students reflected the sentiments that the course gave them the confidence to carry out their roles more competently and in a more professional manner.
Since 2013, PICPA has conducted the Post Graduate Certificate of Public Administration (PGCPA) teaching through flexi mode across the regional public services covering Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. There have been some 216 beneficiaries to date.
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