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Cook Islands Public Servants join GCPA alumni

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Some of the public servants during the course.

Twenty-five (25) senior public servants in the Cook Islands recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration (GCPA) offered by The University of the South Pacific’s Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA). 

Courses covered included public policy analysis, public sector leadership, and public sector governance from 26 September to 14 October 2016. 

Participants were from the Prime Minister’s Office, Public Service Commissioner’s Office, the Ministries of Finance, Education, Health, Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Infrastructure, Internal Affairs, Justice, Environment, Parliament, Ombudsman and Crown Law.

Mr Russell Thomas, Cook Islands Public Service Commissioner, said he was pleased with the commitment of officials to continuous learning and strong achievements to enhance their capability. 

This he said, will go a long way in helping improve the work and quality public services provided to the people of the Cook Islands.

“The face-to-face method of delivering each module of the programme has been successful for our employees, who have been able to attend classes after work,” Mr Thomas said.   

“We remain grateful to the Australian Government for funding provided to PICPA in orderto deliver this training through USP,” he stated.

The programme is part of a broader regional work programme that supports the strengthening of public service administrations across the Pacific. 

The courses are delivered in country under the sponsorship of PICPA.

Funded by the Government of Australia, 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. 

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