Future leaders gain certificates in leadership & management

Nine staff from PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports), together with 11 others from National Airports Corporation and PNG Weather Office have graduated with certificates in leadership and management on Friday, July 26, 2019 in Port Moresby.

These future leaders underwent weeks of intensive training as part of the company’s aim to develop the middle management team in order to enable them to take on greater responsibilities.

PNG Ports believe that effective training and development through coordinated staff development mechanisms is crucial for effective and efficient service delivery to clients and stakeholders per the increasing demands of transport services in the country.

In thanking the Department of Transport (DOT) for its partnership and providing the Australian government funded training via IEA College of TAFE, Manager-Human Capital of PNG Ports, Mr. Rex Kini said the aim was to provide training and development opportunities for key employees which are related to their present role and future needs of the company.

Mr. Kini said in efforts to prepare prospective employees for future leadership and management roles within PNG Ports and the transport sector, PNG Ports through the DOT had agreed to venture into a fully funded agency support arrangement training program of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

PNG Ports as such secured and nominated a total of nine employees for placement in its training bid proposal, three of whom were from the outer ports namely Samuel Ahi (Madang port), Frank Weskina (Lae port) and Kennedy Yambu (Alotau port). Head office staff included Messrs Petra Sipiau, Eunice Kot, Scholastica Masueng, Helen Nanumea, and Ailan Kase and Ronald Kelly of Motukea port.

Acting Managing Director of PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports), Mr. Fego Kiniafa congratulated all the 20 graduates during the presentation of the certificates.

“You never stop learning, I am still learning, I have been warming the seat for the MD for PNG Ports for the last five months and I am still learning in terms of leadership and management,” Mr. Kiniafa said.

“Management for me is about overseeing the management rules, regulations, complying with laws and policies and procedures.”

“The critical part is leadership. Leadership is all about the vision, about the future, about direction, take it with Godly influence in your vision or how you drive the responsibilities in your respective fields. If you have the wisdom of God as your counterpart in providing the leadership you will not go wrong,” he said.

“Thank you! Papua New Guinea – Australia Transport Sector Partnership, Department of Transport, IEA College of TAFE and PNG Ports for giving us this continuous learning opportunity to enhance our leadership and management skills,” PNG Ports Team Leader-ICT Support Systems and graduand, Mrs Helen Nanumea said.

She said the training re-emphasised practices and approaches they have been doing well in and exposed areas where they were doing little or none at all.

“On continuous improvement, we don’t stop learning. As team leaders or managers in our respective roles, we have been equipped with skills on how to encourage and support individuals in our teams to actively participate and contribute to decision making processes, take responsibility and take initiative,” Mrs Nanumea said.