CAPTION: Foreign Minister Rt Inoke Kubuabola with the delegation from the academy.
A high level delegation led by Professor He LiSheng, Director General Research and Development, of the Chief Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP), paid a courtesy call visit to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola today.
CELAP and the Fijian Government had previously exchanged their interest for cooperation during the visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in October 2012.
CELAP as a result has offered to provide leadership training programs for senior civil servants. In order to further this interest, Professor LiSheng and his delegation will be undertaking a consultative exercise with the relevant Government departments in order to ascertain the leadership training needs within the civil service.
Minister Kubuabola thanked Professor LiSheng and his delegation for their timely visit and expressed his optimism in the outcome of their exercise in Fiji.
Minister Kubuabola has further proposed to Professor LiSheng to consider the establishment of another subsidiary branch of CELAP in Suva in collaboration with the Public Service Commission. The newly proposed institution would not only serve as a center for diplomacy and leadership training for Fijian civil servants but can be extended for regional participation. The Minister said that this would be a cost-effective and a practical venture in terms of partnership between the CELAP and the Government of Fiji.
Professor LiSheng has welcomed the proposal and will be providing a response on this after further internal consultations in Pudong. However, as an initial step CELAP will be offering executive leadership training to civil servants from Fiji.
Senior Officials from the academy also met with other government officials including the Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.