The Commissioner Western Commodore Joeli Cawaki urged the leaders in the public sectors to stop dwelling in the past and become the advocacy to change.
He said a lot of progressive changes were needed in the Western Division and the senior civil servants must adopt a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach to implement these changes.
Cmdr Cawaki made these comments while opening the Change Management Training Workshop at the University of the South Pacific’s Lautoka Campus on Wednesday, 28th September.
“There are a lot of challenges and certainly a lot needs to be done. Water, roads, electricity, health and income-generating being our prime focus areas, however land disputes, Vanua disputes and family disputes also need to be addressed,” he said.
And as emphasized in this training workshop conducted by USP Lautoka Campus, he said a change in the attitude and mentality of people would also play a key role in achieving progress in the Western region.
“We must change the way we do our business in order to progressively and effectively bring the change. After this training, we must forget about our past and do our work better and make those much needed changes.”
The workshop, attended by the District Officers, Provincial Administrators, Roko Tui’s and senior staff at the Commissioner Western’s Office, aims to assist the participants deal with change whilst give them strategies to bring back to their employees.
USP’s Lautoka Campus Acting Director and Training Instructor Hasmukh Lal said he anticipated that by the end of the workshop the participants would have a more positive attitude towards change and see it as an essential element.
“During the workshop, the participants will identify the stages of change they experience and be taught how to deal with them and see change as an opportunity for self-motivation and innovation,” he said.
Mr Lal said the workshop was facilitated by USP in response to working with member government to address training needs in public sector. He said it was also part of USP’s effort to enhance the role and potential of the regional campuses and to expand knowledge base in professional training through its Continuing and Community Education (CCE) programmes