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03 May 2018

The New Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance Officially Launched.

The 1st of May, 2018 was a significant date in the history of Papua New Guinea witnessing the transition of the old PNG Institute of Public Administration to the new Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance (PILAG). The new PILAG was officially launched in Port Moresby yesterday by Public Service Minister, Hon. Elias Kapavore and Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis witnessed by more than hundreds of people including staff and students of the Institution.

Minister Kapavore said the new Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance (formerly called the Institute of Public Administration and the Administrative College in the 1960s) is committed to the development and training of high-performing public servants throughout Papua New Guinea.

The launch of the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance represents much more than a change of name – it means the restructure and continued revitalization of this historic institution,” he said.

The institute is focused on enhancing public sector performance and will forge public servants who will provide the practical, intellectual and ethical based leadership values for Papua New Guinea.

It is also extending training beyond Port Moresby, ensuring all provincial, district and Local Level public servants are empowered to support their communities through the Leadership and Governance Precinct program.

“As a Country, we are also challenged to meet the international obligations such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs LOGO) especially SDG 5, gender equity (empowering of women & girls) relates to GESI policy and SDG 16; peace, justice and strong institutions. The Precinct Program emphasizes – leadership and good governance.  Leadership cannot exist without a sense of purpose, but must be driven by passion with value of honesty, integrity, wisdom, accountability, respect and responsibility,” said Kapavore.

Australia High Commissioner Bruce Davis said the launch marks the start of a new era for the Institute, which is core partner of the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct.

“The Pacific of Institute of Leadership and Governance is a vital part of the Precinct, a partnership between Papua New Guinea and Australia government that is supporting Papua New Guineans to fulfill their potential as ethical and capable leaders in their respective field,” he said.

It has an important place in the history of Papua New Guinea as the of the Bully Beef Club - the group of students, including the Sir Michael Somare, who went on to become some of the first leaders of the nation.

The Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance will continue that tradition of producing leaders who can shape the future of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific region. The institute will continue its strong partnership with the Australian Public Service Commission, supported by the Precinct, which has assisted with training and course design. This includes the new Diploma of Leadership and Governance that will commence next week at the new PILAG.