SEVEN potential leaders in the public service will attend a leaders training course in Japan over the next three weeks.
The seven civil servants will participate in the Vocational Training Education Course — Training Program for Young Leaders for South Pacific Countries.
The training program is organised by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and will run from November 4 to November 21.
The program, which includes participants from Fiji and Kiribati, will attempt to encourage growth in developing countries by advancing human resource development in education and vocational sectors.
Participants yesterday attended a pre-departure briefing and orientation. JICA resident representative Shumon Yoshiara said: "Since the inception of the JICA Training Program in Fiji in 1976, around 2000 civil servants have travelled to Japan to participate in JICA training courses."
"The program has the purpose of promoting human resource development, particularly of young leaders who will become nation-building leaders in the future.
"You will have the opportunity to explain to your hosts about your own country and your people. You will be ambassadors of your own countries," he said.
Also present at the pre-departure orientation were government officials, including deputy secretary for the Public Service Commission (PSC), Iliesa Lutu.