Vanuatu Skills Partnership with Public Service

A recent two-day training conducted by the Vanuatu Skills Partnership (VSP) aims to enhance the skills of key leaders in their mandates to implement government policies that drives development growth.

The Director of VSP, Fremden Yanhambath, said: “People have expectations when it comes to service delivery. Institutions need to consider alternative ways of doing things.

“Building and strengthening institutional capacity should be the focus if we are to take control of our destiny to ensure an inclusive, representative, and responsive state.

“Institutions need to be strengthened by providing professional development for the workforce. This is necessary to ensure service is delivered satisfactorily to the people.

“As leaders in influential institutions, we need such professional development to respond effectively to people’s needs.”

The training which took place at the Vanuatu Christian Council’s Conference Room was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), VSP Provincial Skills Centers, Provincial Government Councils, Vanuatu Public Administration and Management (VIPAM) and the Department of Local Authorities.

Acting Manager of VIPAM, James Malteres, thanked the VSP for including Secretary Generals from the provincial government councils in the development leadership training.

“The training is important for effective decentralization policy implementation.

“While all government’s policies and activities are aligned with the Vanuatu National Sustainable Developmental Plan (VNSDP) 2016 -2030, there are major challenges in implementing the plan.

“Providing service delivery is a core pillar of the VNSDP and a major challenge to achieving better service delivery is how line agencies communicate and execute to deliver.

“The Public Service Commission (PSC) is the implementing agency to ensure satisfactory service delivery mechanisms are in place and such development leadership training, will contribute to changing management mindsets, to improve service delivery.”

Facilitated by Tong Liston from the Australia National University (ANU) , the training focused on the theme : ‘Leadership in action, powerful human leadership skills’.

VSP is supported by the Australian Government.

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