Deliver for all Fijians | Politicians think of next election; true leaders think of next generation – Ratu Tui

Former ambassador to Indonesia Ratu Tui Cavuilati having discussions with Ministry of Civil Service acting permanent secretary Parmesh Chand during the Senior Officers Leadership Forum at the Suvavou House conference room in Suva on Thursday, May 25, 2023. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Politicians think of the next election but statesmen and true leaders think of the next generation.

This was the message highlighted by former ambassador to Indonesia Ratu Tui Cavuilati at a Senior Officers Leadership Forum yesterday.

“We have a leadership in Government that wants the entire government to be delivering for the people of Fiji,” Ratu Tui said.

“Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has expressed his sentiments along those lines, so it is important for senior officials to be encouraged. So that they can also live up to the expectations of Government — to deliver to the people of Fiji.

“The civil service is there to implement the government policies and for that, it needs leadership.”

Ratu Tui said challenges within the civil service would continue to increase because of the demands from people.

“Such challenges from the outside world are affecting the people and their demands for efficient service are always increasing. The civil service needs to engage in their leadership capacities to be able to live up to those expectations.

“In the past, there was a certain set of challenges with the previous governments and now we have a new Government, and it has its own policies, directives and in addition to what the outside world has to offer and how it affects the people.”

Ratu Tui said there would always be new challenges so the bar was being set higher so civil servants should think on their feet and deliver as was expected of them.

He said women pursuing leadership roles must be encouraged.

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