The Pacific Community and the Government of New Zealand launched today an initiative called Pacific Fisheries Leadership Programme (PFLP), with an aim at enabling national and regional Pacific fisheries leaders to further empower themselves to be leaders of change, address critical priorities, and become even better managers. It is expected that well-managed and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture will result in increased economic and food security.
Mr Bruce Shepherd, Consul General of New Zealand in New Caledonia, signed the agreement on behalf of the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General of the Pacific Community, signed it on behalf of SPC.
PFLP is a 5-year programme that will work with 125 current and emerging leaders in the Pacific fisheries sector. Participants will engage in a modular programme including Leadership for Effectiveness; Workplace Attachments; Leadership for Change; and Coaching Support. They may gain accreditation, including award courses from the University of Queensland Graduate Certificate in Leadership. The programme is based on real world issues and experience and intends to adapt regularly to the contexts and needs of the participants.
Expected long term outcomes for fisheries include improved quality and diversity of leadership and management of ongoing improvement in priority areas and increased cooperation. Key benefits for participants can be summarized in three categories: leadership for effectiveness (basic management and leadership skills and the confidence to apply them); leadership experience (demonstrated basic management and leadership skills in a different work environment and an opportunity to observe a range of different leadership styles); and leadership for change (demonstrated a capacity to lead a significant initiative, change or reform).
On signing the agreement, Mr Shepherd said: Fisheries is a critical priority for the Pacific and for New Zealand. New Zealand has met with many regional and national Pacific fisheries leaders and experts to design a professional development programme highly tailored to the requirements of existing and future Pacific fisheries leaders. We believe the programme launched today, and the consortium implementing it, led by SPC, will deliver a terrific, relevant and impactful experience to all fisheries programme participants.
In reply, Dr Tukuitonga said: New Zealand is a committed and generous partner of Pacific fisheries and of SPC. SPC provides much of the scientific evidence for fisheries management decisions but it is the capabilities of the Fisheries officials that mobilise change and solutions with the evidence we provide. This is why this programme is so important, as it is focused on the people that make the decisions and it leverages value across the fisheries sector. SPC is honoured to be leading this programme and working with an exceptional consortium who themselves are stand out specialists in Pacific fisheries and leadership development – FFA, The University of Queensland, People Focus (NZ) and Centre for Leadership and Adaptation (CLA).
PFLP is part of the “Regional Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries”.
The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific. Established in 1947, it gathers 26 Member Countries and Territories and works for the development and advancement of the Pacific peoples. For more information on PFLP, please visit our website.
Sonal Aujla, Communications Officer, [email protected]