31 Oct 2019

Trainees from eight Pacific nations begin leadership course in Taiwan

1:29 pm on 31 October 2019

Participants from eight Pacific Island nations have begun a six-week leadership training programme in Taiwan.


The leadership training programme is being held in Taipei. Photo: 123RF

Hosted by the East-West Center, the Pacific Islands Leadership Programme had been running since 2013.

This year 13 participants from Fiji, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, are taking part.

They will receive training in applied leadership skills, future scenario planning, social entrepreneurship and risk analysis.

Taiwan's Deputy Foreign Minister, Hsu Szu-chien, said there would be exchanges with local officials, scholars, business people, and NGO representatives in Taiwan, Focus Taiwan reported.

The participants would also learn about Taiwan's Austronesian cultural heritage, which Mr Hsu described as a bridge connecting Taiwan with the Pacific Island community.

Over the past six years, the project had helped train 144 future leaders from across the Pacific, Mr Hsu said.

This year's programme was preceded by a one-month engagement for participants in experiential learning exercises at the East-West Center campus in Hawaii, which began at the end of September.