Today I launched the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct in Port Moresby with Papua New Guinea (PNG) Public Service Minister Sir Puka Temu and Minister for Higher Education, Science and Research Malakai Tabar.
The institutions involved in the Precinct will work closely with public and private sector to foster the ethical, practical and intellectual framework to help build the leadership qualities and skills of government officials.
The Australian Government has made a substantial contribution to the Precinct’s infrastructure including a new School of Business and Public Policy at University of PNG (UPNG) and two new buildings at the PNG Institute of Public Administration (PNG IPA).
An important feature of the Precinct will be the new ‘Bully Beef’ seminar room, which is ¬designed to foster continued public policy debate based on the traditions of the PNG leadership debate of the past 40 years.
The Australian National University and the UPNG have also established an academic partnership to strengthen the economics and public policy courses. The Australian Public Service Commission will work with the PNG IPA to help revitalise the curriculum to improve training and development for national and provincial government officials.
More than 500 people from PNG will engage in learning opportunities this year through the Precinct with the support of partners including the University of Queensland, CIT-Solutions, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, ExxonMobil and the Australian New Zealand School of Government.