Suva – Today, U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires (CDA) Michael Goldman launched a Project Management course for Fijian leaders as part of the U.S. government’s commitment to boost the resilience of Fiji against extreme weather events and natural disasters.
The course is part of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) partnership with the University of the South Pacific to help Pacific island countries become more environmentally and disaster resilient. The five-month course will help leaders strengthen their management skills to design and implement disaster resilience projects. Class participants include mid-level managers of government departments, non-governmental organizations, and representatives from the private sector.
“The Project Management course is designed to build greater cooperation, as well as generate new ideas, practical tools and techniques that would help Fijian leaders to access and manage international adaptation funds,” said CDA Goldman. “Our hope is that in the future, local private sector and civil society, with support from the government, will be able to take the lead in managing current and upcoming investments to help achieve our shared goal of a more prosperous and resilient future for the people of Fiji.”
This is the second project management course supported by USAID’s Ready project in Fiji and the first in the capital, Suva. USAID is rolling out the course across Pacific island countries, where more than 400 people are expected to participate, including women and people with disabilities
USAID’s five-year Ready project builds the capacity of governments and institutions to develop and implement effective environmental and disaster mitigation policies and strategies. USAID Ready works in 11 Pacific Island Countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
For more information:
Regional Public Diplomacy Officer
U.S. Embassy Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu
(679) 331 – 4466
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