THIRTY participants are set to undergo the 2015 foreign service training program (FSTP) which is offered by the Department of Foreign Affairs after a competitive selection process involving over 400 applicants.
Department of Foreign Affairs Acting Secretary William Dihm told the participants in a welcome and introduction ceremony yesterday that it was a privilege for them to serve in a much sought-after area of government. "You are not only members of the public service, which is itself a particular privilege, but those of you who will serve overseas will represent our country.
"This is both an additional privilege and a very particular responsibility – demanding both knowledge of the rich diversity, the history and the democratic government of our country, as well as the highest standards of professional and personal conduct.
"Your behaviour will influence how many people in other countries may regard Papua New Guinea," Mr Dihm said.
In making reference to the foreign policy statement presented in the National Parliament in July 2013 titled "Papua New Guinea Connect: Growing Papua New Guinea’s Connection in a Globalising World" Mr Dihm says "it points us all in a new direction" when it comes to foreign policy.
"I, therefore, call on all staff at all levels of the Department, including our diplomatic missions and consular posts overseas to sustain momentum and keep meeting the challenges and opportunities before Papua New Guinea before Papua New Guinea in a globalising world throughout 2015," Mr Dihm stated.
He also highlighted upcoming big events such as the Pacific Games, the Pacific Islands Forum as well as PNG’s 40th Independence anniversary which will attract regional and global attention.
"With the architecture of regional cooperation currently under active consideration by governments and organisations in and around the Pacific, these meetings can be expected to involve active discussion and attract widespread attention, both in the region and globally," Mr Dihm said.
Mr Dihm stated that 2015 was a year of opportunity and promise for the country with a "busy and challenging year ahead".
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