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03 May 2018


For the past 51 years the Papua New Guinea Institute of Public Administration, formerly known as Administrative College, has been serving the country by upskilling public servants to better serve the people of this great nation and today another transition has occurred to ensure that public servants are not only developing their capacities in their respective roles but also with values and ethics.

In a small but significant event today marks the transition of the Papua New Guinea Institute of Public Administration to the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance.

Public Service Minister Elias Kapavore rightfully acknowledged the important history and partnership that PNG and Australia has especially in this institution and 51 years on, this partnership has grown stronger as is evident in PILAG.

“PNGIPA has a special place in the hearts and minds of so many people not only in PNG but also in Australia,” said Australia High Commissioner to PNG HE Bruce Davis.

“Leadership cannot exist without a sense of purpose, accountability, responsibility. There must be a conviction in our lives to see a change in our daily routine,” Kapavore said.

I pledge that Australia will continue to work very closely with PILAG. I think it’s really important that we acknowledge the central nature of this institution and that is leadership and governance, added Davis.

The PILAG Bill was the first bill to be passed by the 10th Parliament in September last year and today its being implemented.

Without the efforts of former Secretary for Department of Personnel Management John Kali and former Public Service Minister Sir Puka Temu, we wouldn’t be seeing these changes that are taking place today added Kapavore.

“Today is time to reflect on the history as well as look to the future. Farewell PNGIPA with much much affection and welcome PILAG for a very bright and prosperous future,” concluded Davis.