19 Sep 2007

Australian "leaders of the future" visiting Samoa

10:38 am on 19 September 2007

Fourteen "leaders of the future" from the Australian public service are visiting Samoa from today until Saturday as part of an Australian Government sponsored study tour of the South Pacific.

The Australian High Commissioner to Samoa, Matt Anderson, says the visit is a practical expression of the enduring importance of the Pacific region to Australia.

He says that by giving the senior officials from State and Federal agencies and Departments the opportunity to study and visit Pacific Island nations, they are ensuring that key officials will be informed of the challenges facing the countries in the region.

During their four days in Samoa, the visitors will meet senior members of the Government and bureaucracy, industry representatives from key economic sectors, and social commentators.

Prior to arriving in Samoa, the group visited Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.