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More leaders trained in 2017

The 2017 Pacific Leadership Program (PLP) got underway at the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCS) Regional Training Centre this morning.

A total of 20 participants will be trained under the PLP by New Zealand Customs. For the first time since the program started in 2014, there are participants from Solomon Islands and New Caledonia.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to Fiji for the 2017 Pacific Leadership Program jointly organized by the Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority and the New Zealand Customs Service. A warm welcome to our colleagues from the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia,” chief guest FRCS Chief Executive Officer Mr. Visvanath Das said while officially opening the program.

“It is also pleasing to note that this year we have participants from the Fiji Police Force, Bio- Security Authority of Fiji and Immigration Fiji. We thank you for continuing to partner with us in this program,” Mr. Das said.

Over the years, the PLP has been grooming successful organization leaders.

“For FRCS, I have found that the program truly sets people up for success and delivers great value to the organization. This correlates with PLP survey results, which indicate a positive impact on participants and their organizations in the past few years. It is my sincere hope that you will also be able to realize a similar impact on your own lives and in your organizations and communities; that you will share the learnings with your colleagues so that they can also improve. “For when the best leader’s work is done the people will say, ‘We did it ourselves’,” Mr. Das said.

Mr. Das thanked the New Zealand government for their continuous support.

“At the outset, let me take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the New Zealand government for the strong commitment you continue to make to this program. FRCS and other participating organizations have been extremely fortunate in the past few years to be able to send potential leaders to this training.”

“I urge all participants to please maximize on the time you have with them and absorb the vast experience and knowledge they have,” he said.

“Most importantly, please remember that all that you are going to do and learn during the program will not make any sense if you do not apply the lessons learnt to

your respective work places. Like the wise Confucius said “I hear and I forget; I see and I remember. I do, then I understand”,” he added.

New Zealand High Commissioner, Mr. Mark Ramsden said the purpose of this program was to build leadership capability in the Pacific region.

Solomon Islands participant, Mr. Jeremy Wesley said he was honored to be part of this program.

“Leadership is about influencing people and it is a big opportunity to make use of this program to help us lead the change,” Mr. Wesley expressed.

Fiji Police Force participant, Mr. Mesake Waqa expressed similar sentiments.

“It is important for us coming from a law enforcement agency in the country. On top of that I come from the criminal investigations background and taking part in this program will help us in the investigation aspect,” Mr. Waqa said.

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