Six locals in prestigious East-West Centre leadership programme

One of the participants, Tom Brian.

SIX Solomon Islanders are among participants from 10 Pacific island nations in a prestigious leadership programme at the East-West Centre in partnership with Taiwan.

The Solomons participants are among emerging leaders from 10 Pacific island nations participating in this year’s Pacific Islands Leadership Programme with Taiwan, or PILP.

The selected participants from the Solomons are: Tom Brian, principal programmes officer, National Disaster Management Office, Madlyn Lagusu Ero, executive assistant, Prime Minister’s Office, Cathy Sakumalefo Hite, senior legal officer, Public Solicitor’s Office, Allen Kisi Ofea, principal environment officer, Ministry of Environment, Allan Roni, consulting finance officer, Ministry of Development Planning, and Patrick Balou Wilson, chief parliamentary research officer, National Parliament

They are among 27 emerging leaders from 10 Pacific island nations currently participating in the programme held in partnership with the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Taiwan.

The participants have been in Honolulu for the past month, engaging in experiential learning exercises on such topics as applied leadership skills, future scenario planning, social entrepreneurship and risk analysis, climate change and environmental stewardship, international relations, and public health.

Later this month, they will be traveling to Taipei for a month of field study in at the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs.

Now in its fifth year, the programme is intended to strengthen participants’ knowledge and understanding of key economic, social, political, health, educational and environmental issues affecting the region, and enable them to cultivate the leadership skills, approaches and networks to make meaningful contributions to the region throughout their careers.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to meet and work with these young leaders from across the Pacific islands region, who have been selected for the programme based on their outstanding promise, high leadership potential, and commitment to serve the development needs of their countries,” said PILP coordinator Nick Barker.

“Our aim is to help them learn about how to exercise leadership and promote cooperation in a variety of cultural, geographical and institutional environments.”


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