The Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance has played an important role in the history of leadership development in Papua New Guinea and the Precinct is supporting this tradition to be continued.
PILAG is committed to the development of public service leaders by providing vocational training that meets the needs of government agencies. A strong partnership with the Australian Public Service Commission has assisted with training, including the improvement of internal capacity to design and deliver courses.
The Precinct supports PILAG’s continued revitalisation led by its management team. Regional training delivery is being strengthened, including vocational education delivered directly to subnational areas. This supports the Government of Papua New Guinea’s decentralisation priority through the development of leaders who can drive improved service delivery and economic development at the provincial and district levels.
District Training Rollout
PILAG is focused on enhancing public sector performance, with a particular emphasis on bringing training directly to the regions, provinces and districts.
The District Training Rollout was launched by Hon. Elias Kapavore MP, Minister for Public Service, and to drive core public sector skills and leadership development in subnational areas.
More than 400 district public servants have now completed training in projected management and public sector financial management, including courses held in East New Britain, East Sepik, Madang, Milne Bay, Morobe, Southern Highlands, West Sepik and Western Highlands.
The Precinct has also supported the construction of new facilities befitting PILAG – the country’s premiere school of government.
Sir Sere Pitoi Rumana, the new administration building, is named in honour of Sir Sere Pitoi – who was one of the first Papua New Guineans to hold a top public service position. The connection with the first generation of national leaders is also reflected with the Bully Beef Wing and the Bully Beef Room, which are housed inside Sir Sere Pitoi Rumana. They recall the ‘Bully Beef Club’ of Papua New Guinean leaders who made a significant contribution to the intellectual discussion that preceded Papua New Guinea’s Independence.
The new Learning Resource Centre is equipped with the latest information technology, including audio-visual stations and an internet café, and has been designed to be accessible to people living with disabilities.