TRAINING ATTACHMENTS ADMINISTERED BY SECRETARIAT

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SOUTH PACIFIC FORUM SECRETARIAT Suva, Fiji Islands

PRESS STATEMENT September 11, 1998

Two government officials from Tonga will take up practical training attachments in Fiji in November under a regional Fellowship Scheme administered by the South Pacific Forum Secretariat. The fellowship scheme was established in 1977 with funding from overseas donors and provides for practical training attachments for up to three months.

The Tongan officials are the latest in a series of fellowships awarded this year for skills training of selected participants from Forum Island Countries. They will take up short term attachments at the Fiji Trade and Investment Board and the Fiji Ministry of Commerce.

Seventeen people from nine other Forum member states (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) have completed training fellowships during the year.

Twelve of the seventeen were sent to Fiji for attachments in various government or private sector entities such as the Fiji Parliament, Immigration service, Development Bank, National Provident Fund, National Training Council and Trade and Investment Board.

Three media-related attachments, for participants from Cook Islands and Fiji, were sent for special training in Australia and New Zealand while a private company in Fiji took on a counterpart from Kiribati.

The scheme also enabled a senior Foreign Affairs official from Cook Islands to be attached for one week at the Forum Secretariat to become familiar with the workings of the organization.

Requests for practical training attachments under the Fellowship Scheme are sent to the Forum Secretariat via the Secretariat's official contact in the 16 Forum member states which in most cases is a Ministry of Foreign Affairs or External Affairs.

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