9 Dec 2005

Australian junior foreign minister in Fiji for leadership workshop

2:18 pm on 9 December 2005

Delegates from 10 Pacific nations are meeting today in the Fijian capital Suva to share ideas on improving leadership.

The Pacific Parliamentary Forum is being hosted by the Australian-based organisation, the Centre for Democratic Institutions.

The centre's chairman, the Australian parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs, Bruce Billson, will lead a workshop focusing on the Foundations of Public Leadership.

Mr Billson will also contribute about 32,000 US dollars to the local non-governmental organisation FRIEND, to encourage income generation for hundreds of unemployed women and youths through the use of local resources and traditional skills.