Samoa's senior executives under public service training

Samoa’s senior executives are undergoing a course on human resource management and development modelled on the Singapore public service.  

A total of 60 participants are expected to attend the three-day training which began on Tuesday at the TATTE Convention Centre in Apia.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, in a speech to open the training program, said he and other Pacific Leaders were hosted by the Government of Singapore two years ago and they attended a presentation on Singapore’s public service.

“I express our gratitude towards the Singapore Government through Ms. Alice Cheng for agreeing to host in Apia this human resources management and development course for Samoas’ senior executives, which has enabled all government agencies to have senior executive participation.

“It is an opportunity to hear and be able to discuss Singapore ‘s experience in developing and sustaining a first-class public service, which would provide important pointers to help us within the context of our own circumstances to make changes to the delivery of services and the responses of the government to meet the needs of our people,” he said. 

The Prime Minister said the course will assist Samoa's efforts in the area of human resources capacity building and its sustainability. 

“I look forward to the course assisting our efforts in the paramount priority area of Human Resources capacity building and sustainability. We thank again for the many training opportunities Singapore has provided to support Samoa’s development over the years.

“I wish our guests and team from Singapore an enjoyable time in Samoa and to wish everyone successful deliberations and exchanges of views over the coming days,” he added.

Alice Cheng, who is the deputy director of the technical cooperation directorate in Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that they will cover policies, practices and philosophies in terms of human resource management and development in the Singapore public sector.

“The trainer over three days will cover areas like recruitment, compensation and benefits, training in development and how we do these policies in Singapore public sector. 

“And with this course, we hope that the senior executives of Samoa will find relevant and useful polices that they can apply their own agencies in Samoa.

“It is because senior executives can’t all take three full days to come and attend therefore we structured it to allow as many executives to attend as possible, with a total of an estimated 60 participants,” she said.

Ms. Cheng also added that on Friday, they will have a full day dialogue with the Public Service Commission. 

“What we can do is to share our experience with the people of Samoa to identify other areas that they need to work on.”

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