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Government workers brush up on policy

Tuesday September 30, 2014 Written by Published in Local
Dr. Desmond Uelese Amosa with the Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA). 14092906 Dr. Desmond Uelese Amosa with the Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA). 14092906

Senior members of the public service were in attendance yesterday for the first day of a workshop that hopes to improve government’s ability to implement policy.

Dr. Desmond Uelese Amosa with the Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA) is in Rarotonga, where he is conducting two, 2-day workshops for government workers.
Amosa said the workshop – held in conjunction with the Cook Islands Office of the Public Service Commissioner - is about public policy analysis, from defining problems to implementing solutions and analysing decisions.
“The expectation is that they will be able to construct a robust policy analysis,” he said, describing the workshop’s desired outcome.
Yesterday, attendees at the workshop participated in group exercises and undertook case study discussions.
In addition to public policy, Amosa said his organisation – PICPA – strives to improve government’s abilities in areas such as leadership, human resources management, and performance management.
“Our main focus is to build the public service of the Pacific region,” he said.
Roughly 60 workers have signed up for this week’s workshops, representing education, health, foreign affairs, culture, and the office of the ombudsman.
Funding for the training has been provided by the Australian government’s aid programme.

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