Leadership Training for Youth in Japan

Nine government representatives who will be part of a youth leadership and good governance training programme in Japan have been reminded to work as a team to maximize benefits of learning. Public Service Commission permanent secretary, Parmesh Chand said this training opportunity provided by Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) would help the participants excel in their area of work as youths who are seen as future leaders of Fiji. This is the first year that a delegation is being sent to participate in a course on good governance and leadership.

“The Fijian Government is thankful to the Japanese Government in providing such opportunity to our youth who are seen as future leaders of Fiji,” Mr Chand said. “Since the inception of training young leaders in 2007, 100 Fijians had benefitted from this program.” Mr Chand said Fiji has in many ways benefitted from the JICA programme. “Apart from capacity building (Human resources), JICA also contributes towards rural community development, sending volunteers to selected key public sectors, and providing assistance and resources to other sectors of the community at large,” he said.

Resident Representative of JICA, Shumon Yoshira said the purpose of the young leaders training programme was to promote human resource development in the country. “The name “young leaders” itself reflects the importance of fostering leadership, goodwill and unity among the youths of different culture and backgrounds with the hope that the world will be made a better place to live in through the collective and constructive efforts of the youths of today,” Mr Yoshira said.

The participants will be leaving Fiji on 19th May for the one week training programme.

Fiji participants with PSC Permanent Secretary, Mr Parmesh Chand and JICA Resident Representative in Fiji, Mr Shumon Yoshiara