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Building capability in the Pacific


Thirteen emerging leaders from Samoa Ministry for Revenue and Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority graduated from the Pacific Leadership Programme in Apia, Samoa on 1 November.

The programme, run in partnership with the New Zealand Customs Service, was developed to help build sustainable leadership capabilities and better managed border services in the Pacific region.

An opportunity to take part in the programme, which was successfully piloted in the Cook Islands in 2012, was extended to Samoa this year to enhance cross-border cooperation and the need to build capability in the region.

The participants completed an eight-month programme which involved a number of workshops and assessments giving them the tools they need in real life situations.

Anne Marie Taggart, Customs’ Group Manager People and Capability attended the graduation in Samoa.

“The programme was designed to give candidates the chance to develop and complete action plans and projects that would benefit their organisation, and it’s great to see all their hard work pay off,” says Anne Marie.

“Customs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) established the programme to support the development of the Customs sector in the Pacific with a view to enabling long-term security and economic growth. The success of the programme so far is a testament to the hard work and dedication of these graduates.”

Customs and MFAT have committed to extend the programme into 2014 and are currently designing a programme specifically for the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority.

The graduates
Ah Ching Lafoia, Principal Customs Officer; Faasili Tui, ACEO, Policy, Forecasting and Business Improvement; Gauta Atitala, Customs Officer; Excise & Warehouse; Lafaele Sililo, Senior Audit and Investigations Officer; Luatua Faafetai, Senior Customs Officer, Excise and Warehouse; Marawa Joseph, Chief Customs Officer (Fiji); Maua Michael, Collection and Enforcement Officer, Enforcement; Meredith Sina Laumea, ACEO, Information Technology; Savea Michael, Customs Collections Officer; Seuseu Rosa, Senior Collection and Enforcement Officer; Soonalole Melesete Taula, Principal Human Resource Officer; Te’o Mika Suesue, Customs Officer; Tiumalu Marlon, Principal Audit and Investigation Officer.

Image courtesy of the Samoa Observer.