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USP’s Outreach Coordinator for Polynesia to attend Pacific Leaders Dialogue

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USP’s Outreach Coordinator for Polynesia and former Artistic Director/Choreographer of USP’s Oceania Dance Theatre, Allan Alo, has been selected to attend the Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue (EPLD) 2014 in Noumea, New Caledonia in October.

USP’s Outreach Coordinator for Polynesia and former Artistic Director/Choreographer of USP’s Oceania Dance Theatre, Allan Alo, has been selected as one of the few out of 650 applications to attend the Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue (EPLD) 2014 in Noumea, New Caledonia starting on October 15.

The EPLD 2014 is an event of national and regional significance with the aim of strengthening the capacity of the Pacific region’s future leaders to manage challenges collaboratively, positively and creatively.

Mr Alo said he is honored to be a recipient of this award as it signifies the inclusion of leadership in the Arts and the importance that contribution is to the development of our Small Island Developing States.

He said he was excited not only to attend under the banner of The University of the South Pacific but to represent Samoa would be an honour.

“Core to my position as the USP’s Outreach Coordinator for Polynesia, based at the Alafua Samoa Campus,  is to promote the Arts and Culture and its usefulness not only in the lives of our people but also the benefits it brings to our communities,” Mr Alo said.

“In this changing global economy, the Arts and Cultures of the Pacific are now seen to be one of the economic engines of small island developing nations and more and more evidence show that our Education system is highlighting the Arts and Culture as a useful tool to engage children in meaningful learning,” he added.

“I am honored with this great opportunity to be part of a team that looks at ways forward in our decision making processes and I hope that what I learn from the EPLD will help tremendously in my work throughout the USP region,” he noted.

USP’s Alafua Campus Director Ruby Va’a said to be selected for this prestigious award is an achievement in itself.

Alafua Campus is proud of this as Mr Alo's work and commitment to Pacific Arts and Culture speaks for itself. The outstanding performances, school productions, dance and writing workshops have been due to his energetic drive and standards demanding quality at all times,” Ms Va’a said.

“His work is making a mark in Samoa and other countries visited to date. This is the expectation we have of our alumni and Allan demonstrates a fine example of the attributes we expect of our graduates,” she noted.

She added that Mr Alo's creative productions and community engagement has raised USP’s profile tremendously. 

“This is what we strive for in the Strategic Plan (2013-2018). This is what USP is about. In his work as the Coordinator of POPP, Mr Alo has taken the lead in developing the Arts in Samoa and has started to extend this to other Polynesian countries,” she added.

“We wish him all the best in EPLD 2014. Allan will take the programme in his stride, coming through with flying colours,” she said.

Prospective leaders expected to participate in EPLD 2014 will be from American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islanders, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna.

EPLD 2014 will be the third Pacific leadership development initiative staged for mid-career high calibre men and women under the auspices of Commonwealth Study Conferences (Australia) Inc, in partnership with Commonwealth Study Conferences (New Zealand).

This intensive, exciting and intellectually demanding program will bring together up to 120 or so individuals to examine, discuss and report on current strategic issues across the Pacific region.

EDLP 2014 is committed to inspire and uplift outstanding individuals with proven leadership experience or high leadership potential so that they may contribute to:

• Leadership and governance in the Pacific region;
• The long term development and stability of the region; and
• Promotion of the regional understanding and co-operation through an improved network of key relationships across sectors and nations/territories.

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