USP Pacific TAFE and USAID’s Climate Ready Project, a successful partnership for the Pacific
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Participants of US Climate Ready – Project Management Cohort with the guests seated middle L-R (the Charge d’ Affaires of the US Embassy Mr. Mike Goldman, Pacific TAFE, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Hasmukh Lal, cohort facilitator Ms. Ranju Kumar, the Chief of Party of USAID Climate Ready, Mr. Trevor Ole, and Pacific TAFE coordinator for Economics Mr. Nilesh Kumar,) at the USP Pacific TAFE Workforce Development and Training Unit in Walubay.
Under the Letter of Agreement, signed in 2017, USP through Pacific TAFE has been able to collaborate and support the delivery of accredited training and cohort programmes in Project Management to government, private sector and non-government organization staff in selected Pacific Island Countries (PICs).
The Charge d’ Affaires and currently the Acting Ambassador of US Embassy Mr. Mike Goldman, launched the US Climate Ready – Project Management Cohort at the Pacific TAFE Workforce Development and Training Unit in Walubay, Suva. Participants to the cohort are from the government sector, Fiji National University, Water Authority of Fiji, Fiji Roads Authority, Non-Government Organizations as well as the private sector.
Pacific TAFE, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Hasmukh Lal said the partnership with USAID Climate Ready to deliver Cohorts on Project Management is a huge capacity building initiative for Pacific Islanders.
“I am glad to say that with this partnership, USP and US Climate Ready has delivered a total of eight (8) cohorts across the region, which includes, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, PNG, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and in Nadi, Fij,” Dr. Lal said.
“I am delighted that we have delivered the programme in Palau and PNG as well.
“This partnership is a testimony of the ongoing commitment of the US Government to work with USP in the region which we appreciate and acknowledge. With this support, USP is able to help build the capacity of individuals in the Pacific Island Countries to deliver projects that are resilient and adaptive to climate change.”
Mr. Mike Goldman, the Charge d’ Affaires of the US Embassy said “In our consultations with partner countries, including Fiji, government leaders and other stakeholders identified project management capacity as an area that requires improvement to ensure the effective implementation of projects, as well as promote sound management of resources.
In recognition of these urgent needs, USAID collaborated with the University of the South Pacific to design this Project Management course that would build greater cooperation, as well as generate new ideas, practical tools and techniques that would help Fijian leaders access and manage international adaptation funds.”
He further stressed that USAID has mobilised over $26 million in capacity building activities.
“This is currently the ninth training that we have conducted in the Pacific Islands region. To date, USAID has strengthened the capacity of more than 800 government and non-government partners from 10 Pacific Island countries to develop effective adaptation projects to boost their country’s resilience. In addition to these capacity-building activities, USAID has mobilized more than $26 million from various institutions, such as the Adaptation Fund and the Global Environment Facility.”
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