Gov’t builds project management capacity to implement development strategy

Government through the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Co-ordination (MDPAC) has taken another step towards the successful implementation of the National Development Strategy (NDS) 2017-2035.

This was made possible following the signing of a contract between Mr Hasmukh Lal, Director of USP (Pacific TAFE) and Mr Shadrach Fanega, Permanent Secretary of MDPAC on Friday.

Pacific TAFE, an arm of the University of South Pacific in Fiji that specializes in skills based education and training in Pacific countries, will train 50 officers from a range of national government ministries to Certificate IV level in Project Management Practice in Honiara from October to December this year.

Mr Fanega said “Providing this accredited training to targeted officers responsible for implementing development budget projects identified in the Medium Term Development Plan 2017-2021 and the National Development Strategy 2017 -2035 shows the Government’s strong commitment to improve implementation of projects that will grow our economy”.

“It will provide the necessary skills development to ensure responsible officers understand all aspects of managing development projects, from determining scope, scheduling, procurement planning, budget, stakeholder and risk management, project monitoring, reporting and evaluation. As a result officers will be better equipped project and programme managers in their respective ministries” Mr Fanega added.

The Director of Pacific TAFE, Mr Hasmukh Lal said that Pacific TAFE was very pleased to be able to offer this important skills based education and training face to face in Honiara for the first time and contribute to the capacity development of Solomon Islanders public sector officers.

“Formal skills in Project Management are very sought after in the region and participants who successfully complete the Certificate IV course will have a pathway to pursue higher qualifications at USP and other institutions, including Diploma level study in Project Management should they wish to pursue this” he said.

The course would be evaluated on completion and if successful, it would be considered again for delivery in 2017.

Source: GCU Press Release