Future Pacific leaders ready to learn in Taiwan
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Participants in the Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP) yesterday said that they are ready to begin a field study in Taiwan to sharpen their leadership skills and learn about the country's latest development in order to become better future leaders.
October 22, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
“This is the first time (I've been in) Taiwan and I am looking forward to see what Taiwan can offer, especially in the field of education,” Moape Rokosuka, a participant in the PILP, said yesterday.
Rokosuka, who works in the Fijian prime minister's office, said he has learned a great deal about Taiwan's assistance to Fiji. He added that his ongoing trip in the country will help him learn more about Taiwan's development in various fields.
Maybelline Ipil, projects manager at Marshall Islands Epidemiology & Prevention Initiatives, noted that she has worked side by side with many Taiwanese people before and that she has always wanted to visit the country.
“I am excited to be here. As I work in an NGO in the Marshall Islands, I am looking forward (to) learning about ... Taiwan's public health system,” she said.
Rokosuka and Ipil are two of the PILP members who arrived in Taipei late Sunday.
The program — co-sponsored by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Hawaii-based East-West Center — was first launched last month.
It is designed to enhance leadership qualities in the Pacific Islands region and help build a network of young leaders who will contribute to lasting people-to-people relationships across Asia-Pacific and the United States.
Two Months Hawaii, One Month Taiwan
A total of 21 participants hailing from 10 Pacific island nations first spent two months engaging in experiential learning exercises at the East-West Center's campus in Hawaii, followed by a month of field study in Taipei at MOFA's Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs.
Papua New Guinea academic Jane Pumai Awi said that the just-concluded two-month leadership training in Hawaii offered in-depth courses on how to put theory into practical use.
Now in Taiwan, Awi said that she is looking forward to meet and work with Taiwanese agricultural experts and bring what she has learned here back to her home country.
Emilia Auriel Katosang, who serves at Palau's Bureau of Foreign Affairs, said that she previously visited Taiwan in 2008.
She thanked the Taiwanese government for funding the PILP, giving her an opportunity to closely observe how Taiwan has evolved from agricultural society.
Apart from learning about Taiwan's latest developments, the PILP participants said that they are also looking forward to visit the nation's popular tourist attractions, including Taipei 101, the National Palace Museum, the island's hot springs and indigenous heritage sites.