The Public Service Commission has trained more than 193 officials in the Diplomatic Services Induction Course to ensure Fiji has qualified and competent workforce for overseas postings. The PSC Commissioner and Dean for Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate opened the 7th Induction Course for Diplomatic Services at the Parliamentary Complex. She said diplomats must have a good understanding of countries foreign policies, rules of engagement and negotiating skills. “As a diplomat, you will promote Fiji and protect its interests and citizens overseas and provide support and advice in the development of Fiji’s foreign policy. You need to be matured in your approach, well organised, communicate well both in writing and spoken and willing to take up posting anywhere in the world,” Kedrayate said.

A total of 46 participants from the civil service, private sector and Pacific Island Countries including the Pacific Island Development Forum members are participating in the week-long course. Participant, Ms Benny Teuei first secretary for Kiribati High Commission said the course will broaden her knowledge and skills on foreign policy and diplomacy. “It will equip us with the right knowledge and skills to prepare us in advance in the foreign policies in our governments and better understanding of diplomatic relations with other countries,” Teuei said.

His Excellency, Fiji’s Ambassador to Japan Isikeli Mataitoga, the resource person and facilitator of the course, said the course will run in a manner an overseas mission runs and participants will take an aptitude test. “The course is designed to enhance skills that they can apply and use in their own work environment. I will be looking at the punctuality, dress-code and manner in which they handle situations under pressure,” Mataitoga said.

Participants with Dr Kedrayate at the opening of the Diplomatic Services Induction Course