The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Pacific Association of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (PATVET) was held at the Community Education Training Centre (CETC) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) at Narere, Suva, on 28 November, 2011.
The keynote speaker at the meeting was SPC Deputy Director-General Fekita ‘Utoikamanu. She reminded the delegates about the beginnings of PATVET and the thinking behind setting it up. She then elaborated on the future direction of SPC, relative to the issue of PATVET’s future existence. Mrs ‘Utoikamanu challenged the delegates to think positively and strategically about PATVET’s future and its sustainability.Dr Caroline Fusimalohi of the Strategic Engagement, Policy and Planning Facility (SEPPF) of SPC briefed the meeting on the TVET Mapping Report and Action Fiche for the Strengthening Pacific TVET and Skills Development project to be funded by the European Union.
Country reports to the meeting were presented by Tonga, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands and Fiji. One of the challenges for the Secretariat is to continue to pursue the setting up of National TVET Associations (NATVETs) in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. NATVETs are the forum for discussion on TVET issues and also the voice of TVET providers to the region
Left to right; Lia Maka (CETC, SPC), Eci Naisele (FITVETA, Fiji), Oto Misi (TATVET, Tonga), Josua Mataika (PATVET), Fekita ‘Utoikamanu (DD-G, SPC), Norman Hatigeva (Solomon Is), Frances Topa-Fariu (Cook Is), Lapana Ene (Tuvalu), Isimeli Nalomaca (PATVET), David Kaomae (Solomon Is), Caroline Fusimalohi (SEPPF, SPC)