U.S Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray today led the completion ceremony of a Project Management course designed to help PNG leaders build greater cooperation, access international adaptation funds, and better manage projects that prevent and mitigate the impact of natural disasters in the country.
The course is USAID’s partnership with the University of the South Pacific to help Pacific Island countries become more environmentally and disaster resilient.
The five-month course is helping leaders strengthen their management skills to design and implement disaster resilience projects by managing resources and funds. Class participants include mid-level managers of government departments, non-governmental organizations,and representatives from the private sector.
“Accessing these resources is just one part of the solution,” said Ambassador Ebert-Gray. “To ensure that the available funding is best utilized and that the most vulnerable among us benefit, projects must be well managed and implemented. The right people with the right skills are needed if these projects are to deliver on their promised benefits.”
USAID is rolling out the course across Pacific Island Countries, where more than 400 people are expected to participate, including women and people with disabilities
USAID’s five-year Ready project builds the capacity of governments and institutions to develop and implement effective environmental and disaster mitigation policies and strategies. USAID Ready works in 11 Pacific Island Countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands,Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
PICTURE SOURCED: U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Catherine Ebert-Gray