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PICPA Helps Samoa With Institute Option

The Pacific Island Centre for Public Administration (PICPA) is working with Government of Samoa to examine the options for establishment of a Civil Service Institute (CSI) as part of the country’s drive to improve capabilities of her civil service.  Mr Parmesh Chand, Director of PICPA confirmed that the Centre has responded positively to a request for assistance from Public Service Commission of Samoa to make available services of a Consultant to conduct a detailed feasibility study on the proposal.  He said CSIs play an important role in conducting research, providing training and pursuing advocacy work on pertinent areas of public administration, including the critical area of assisting with capacity building for improved public service delivery.

In acknowledging PICPA’s assistance, the Chairman of Samoa Public Service Commission, Tu’u’u Dr Ieti Taulealo said that decision to undertake exploratory works for setting up an Institute as such is in line with their 5 year Strategic Plan.  He said that the Commission wishes to obtain as much information and data as possible to be able to make a well informed decision. He further confirmed that his Office is looking forward to receiving the Report of the Consultant, which is likely to be ready by end of June, 2016.

PICPA is a specialist centre which responds to the identified needs and plans of Pacific Island Countries (PICs) for strengthened public administration to enable improved service delivery and faster economic growth.  The Centre is headed by a Director, with two Advisors, a Programme Manager and three support staff.  It is perfectly positioned within the University of the South Pacific (USP) to network and utilise the resource capabilities of the University for training and capacity building in project preparations, monitoring and evaluation, public finance management procurement, governance and leadership development etc.  The Centre is funded by the Government of Australia.


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