Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct
The Foreign Minister, in conjunction with the Papua New Guinean Ministers for the Public Service and Higher Education, Science Research and Technology, launched the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct in November 2015.
Strengthening the public sector is a key pillar of Australia’s engagement in Papua New Guinea. The precinct aims to build leadership skills and management competencies of public servants at all levels of government. The precinct also helps with the development of better business practices and resource allocation in the private sector.
The precinct supports the Government of Papua New Guinea’s objective of reforming and renewing leadership in the country. Stronger leadership and governance will contribute to stability, prosperity and development.
The precinct brings together the University of Papua New Guinea School of Business and Public Policy and the PNG Institute of Public Administration, and builds on relationships between Australian and Papua New Guinean educational institutions.
The Australian National University and the University of Papua New Guinea have established an academic partnership through which a number of Australian academics are working with their counterparts on the development of economics and public policy courses. Our aid program is funding infrastructure improvements so that suitable learning facilities are available. A new Executive Leadership Program will enable public servants and members of the private sector, professional associations, and civil society to discuss, develop, learn and influence policy debate in Papua New Guinea.
The precinct has delivered courses to more than 1,100 PNG students since February 2015, with the support of partners, including the University of Queensland, CIT-Solutions, the Ethics Centre, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, ExxonMobil, and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.