Leadership Development Program for Women in Customs
Congratulations are in order for five aspiring women leaders from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) for successfully completing the Container Control Programme – Women’s Professional Development Programme (CCP-WPDP).
Customs Officers Litiana Sautulevu, Losalini Daulali, Viniana Radinialoi, Asinate Rosi Taliga and Principal Customs Officer Akosita Valamalua were awarded with the certificates by the Australian High Commissioner to Fiji Mr. John Feakes and FRCS CEO Mr. Mark Dixon last week at the Australian High Commission in Suva. Ms. Valamalua has also received an Excellence Award for her exemplary contribution to CCP-WPDP.
“It is fantastic to see FRCS working with the Australian Border Force (ABF) and Australian High Commission to deliver first class training opportunities to our future female leaders,” Mr. Mark Dixon stated.
“We are most grateful to the ABF for allowing us to celebrate the achievements of these talented females, from our Customs Division, within the residence of the High Commissioner – what a wonderful experience for our well deserving staff to be awarded their new qualifications by the High Commissioner, followed by an afternoon tea overlooking the port of Suva”.
The CCP-WPDP was held in August 2021 followed by an Alumni Workshop, conducted between 18-26 January 2022. The Alumni Workshop was a part-time, online initiative to provide advanced leadership training for women in customs administration. CCP-WPDP was launched by ABF, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Customs Organisation (WCO) and delivered by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University’s Hanoi–based Transnational Security Centre. 58 participants from 11 countries participated in CCP-WPDP including 5 Officers from FRCS.
Facilitating the legitimate movement of goods across international borders requires a diverse, quality workforce in Customs Administration, however customs continues to be a male- dominated profession. The CCP-WPDP is committed to bridge this gap by further enhancing
capacity, building confidence, promoting collaboration and empowering women officers as they advance in their careers in customs.
At the completion of the program, participants of the CCP-WPDP have tabled a commitment statement on how they will continue to strengthen women’s contribution and leadership in FRCS.
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