A workshop designed to strengthen leadership skills amongst senior government officials has been well attended and received by participants.

Twenty senior officials from across government agencies and statutory bodies are participating at the Training Workshop for Senior Public Servants on Leadership Building in Shanghai city in China.

The intensive two-week training carried out by the China Executive Leadership Academy of Pudong (CELAP) is aimed at strengthening participants’ skills in the areas of public policies implementation, succession planning, projects implementation and service delivery.

The training is a result of direct meetings between the Academy’s top officials and senior officials from the Fijian Government who over the years have sought to look at ways of building capacity.

Recently a delegation from the academy visited Fiji proposing to identify areas within Fiji’s civil service that needed strengthening.

The Public Service Commission permanent secretary Mr Parmesh Chand said this new development exposes senior officials to an environment that can add value to their own work.

“The whole idea is to get senior public officials exposed to the ‘can do attitude’ as well as the manner and speed with which the public service responds in a rapidly growing economy such as China.”

The second cohort of 25 Senior Public Officials will depart for a similar 10 day training programme on Leadership Skills Development from 11-22 November, 2013.

Prior to the training, senior civil servants will participate in an exhibition at Guangzhou on “The China International Green Innovative Products and Technologies 2013.” This would be coordinated in collaboration with Fiji’s Ministry of Industry and Trade.