Statutory officers graduate from Pacific leadership program

New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Johnathan Curr and FRCS director Revenue Fazrul Rahman with the 19 graduates. Picture: JESSICA SAVIKE

A TRAINING program that started five months ago has ended with 19 graduates receiving their certificates at the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service headquarters in Suva today.

The graduates were from five different organisations, which are Revenue and Customs, Fiji Police, Fiji Immigration, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji and Financial Intelligence Unit.

The training aimed to assist all graduates to contribute towards regional security and economic growth, strengthening of national border control, the removal of barriers at the border to legitimate trade and tourist flows, accurate identification and collection of revenues, mitigation of illegal border activity such as drug trafficking, money laundering, trade in firearms, people smuggling and bio-security risks.

FRCS director Revenue Fazrul Rahman said the 2018 Pacific Leadership Programme allowed the participants to highlight the challenges and other issues and work towards resolving them to bring about a better border security.

He also acknowledged the support of the New Zealand government in the Pacific leadership program.

New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Johnathan Curr encouraged the graduates to continue seeing themselves as people who were learning and growing in leadership.

He told them to be ambitious for themselves and their country.

The Pacific Leadership Programme has been supported by the New Zealand government.

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