PUBLIC Service Commission permanent secretary Parmesh Chand believes other Pacific island countries can learn from the Fiji Volunteer Scheme (FVS).
While briefing heads of missions of Pacific Island Countries on the scheme last week, Mr Chand said their country could benefit by addressing scarce human resource skills, retaining foreign exchange and building up on their social and economic development.
The discussions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was attended by representatives of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru and Tuvalu and Fijis Roving Ambassador Litia Mawi.
"Fiji has more than 2000 retired civil servants with specialisations in teaching, nursing, agriculture, administrative work, security and disaster management. We also have three universities producing sufficient graduates every year," Mr Chand said.
The FVS under governments development co-operation efforts with other Pacific Island Countries are planning to send 15-20 volunteers to interested regional countries to facilitate their critical development needs and build human resource capabilities.
These volunteers may be assigned for a minimum of six months to two years.