Coordinator Chiavanni Le’Mon says there are professional roles in the nation’s financial sector to sustain the future of its services. “We promote a career in this industry because it is resilient and does not require a huge start-up budget to begin in this career path.
“You need common sense, and a degree will give you a good head start, and our current professionals will foster their growth,” she adds.
“We want to entice and excite the pupils to pursue an academic education and to join us; we are a green, sustainable industry; in these times of the pandemic, our industry is resilient.
“The financial services industry used to earn 15 to 20 per cent of our local gross domestic product; in current times it has been 6 to 10 per cent.
“Our agency is similar to Cook Islands Tourism, we promote, develop and market the financial services, mainly the Trust Companies.
“We have very strong asset protection legislation in place that prevents foreign authorities from accessing account information.”
The interactive session was delivered to the Level 1, 2 and 3 business, commerce and accounting students. “The students were well engaged and asked many questions,” said Le’Mon.
The event was organized with Amy Wildash, the school’s careers advisor and will hopefully provide a good starting point and create ideas for future presentations.
Some of the objectives are: to establish identity for the industry and see it through in the next 5 years, both domestically and internationally, to be recognized as an industry that can provide qualified Cook Islanders a professional career at home.