28 November 2005
Emerging leaders from throughout the Pacific have until 9 January to apply to be a part of a landmark event in 2006.
The first ever Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue – supported by the internationally respected Commonwealth Study Conference movement – will take place in mid 2006.
The Dialogue stems from an idea generated by Pacific participants at the 2003 Commonwealth Study Conference held in Australia and New Zealand. HRH Princess Anne has indicated she expects to attend part of the proceedings.
Organisers are now calling for applications from people with senior leadership potential across all sectors in the region.
One hundred and twenty men and women from Australia, New Zealand and across the Pacific will be selected for intensive professional development and training. Places will be available for delegates from Tuvalu.
A diverse group of participants will be chosen through competitive merit-based selection from business, industry, government, political parties, trade unions, education, sport, the arts and the community sector.
The goal, say the organisers, is to develop and nurture leadership capacity in a contemporary Pacific context. While backgrounds will vary, everyone will have demonstrated capacity for leadership and will be on a path to senior roles in their chosen field.
“Our emerging leaders must have clear vision and strong skills to address the challenges of globalisation and interdependence in the 21st century”, says Dick Warburton, Chair of the Commonwealth Study Conferences (Australia) Inc.
“At the same time they will need to preserve the values that bind people and communities”.
The highlight will be weeklong study tours to Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Samoa. the Solomons and other Pacific locations.
“The tours have all been developed locally and will give participants an opportunity to experience the challenges of leadership in an applied setting”, says Ms Bloch. “We want to enhance regional understanding and collaboration by building networks of key relationships across communities, sectors and nations.”
The organisers will meet most costs. Residents of member and observer nations of the Pacific Islands Forum, including Tuvalu, are eligible to apply.
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