13 May 2010

Australia has plans for Pacific public administration school

6:41 pm on 13 May 2010

The Australian government says it's to talk to the University of the South Pacific about establishing a Pacific Island public administration centre.

As part of its budget, Canberra has announced it's entering into discussions with the USP about creating the centre, with the aim of improving the quality of the public administration throughout the region.

Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for International Development, Bob Mc Mullan, says they have yet to determine the cost of the centre.

But he says it would a substantial initiative

"To do some things on a regional level that we couldn't do in some of the small countries because you wouldn't get the volume of trainees to go through a centre like that. So we think this could turn out to be quite important long term contribution to better governance in the Pacific."

Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for International Development, Bob McMullan