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International short term training opportunities

We administer international training opportunities provided by the Governments of China, Japan,  Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, received through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration. Training offers are available to eligible public sector employees and must be endorsed by respective heads of agencies.  Training offers can also extended to individuals from private sector and non government organisations when these are available.

Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA) also offer training: https://picpa.usp.ac.fj/


Current International Training Opportunities

2017 Programme for Young Leaders from Pacific Island Countries in Guangdong Province 8th May to 26th May 2017

Please find attached an application form for the 2017 programme for Young Leaders from Pacific Island Countries offered by the Guangdong Province They invite 3-4 civil servants to Guangdong to train and visit. The Program will last from 8th May to 26th May 2017. Applicants should be under 45 years of age.

Please also note that the Itinerary is for 2016 but the programme for 2017 will be very similar. They have not yet issued the 2017 itinerary.


Itinerary 2016

The Guangdong Province will cover:

  • The international travelling expenses from the Cook Islands to Guangdong and all the costs in Guangdong.

The nominee also needs to provide:

  • a copy of Passport (Front page only)
  • ID photo: Size—4.8cm*3.3cm with blue background together with the application form
  • China visa will also need to be arranged at the applicants cost after acceptance letters have been received. (see below for documents required)

The registration deadline is Monday 17th April 2017. Please note that after the deadline we will not accept more nominees.

As per previous programmes applicants will need to complete visa processing.


Chinese Visa Application Process

General Guidance for the Chinese Visa Application can be found online at the Chinese Embassy website at http://www.chinaembassy.org.nz/eng/lsqz/prcd/.

Documents applicants will be required to submit:

  1. Basic Documents

(1) Passport 

Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a photocopy of the passport’s data page and the photo page if it is separate. 

(2) Visa Application Form and Photo

One completed Visa Application Form (2013) with a recently-taken color passport photo (bare-head, full face) against a light background attached.

(3) Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship)

If you are not applying for the visa in the country of your citizenship, you must provide the original and photocopy of your valid certificates or visa of stay, residence, employment or student status, or other valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of the country where you are currently staying.

Please note the following:

  • Since the visit is for training purposes, an category F visa will be required. As part of the requirements for the issuance of a category F visa the following is required to be submitted with the application form

o   F Visa

An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:

(1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

(2) Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures) 

        (3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

Applicants will also need the following:

  • Bank Cheque for visa fee payable to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. (BSP bank cheque’s not accepted)
  • Visa Fee – NZ passport holders single entry visa fee per applicant –  NZ$140. (Urgent fee extra NZ$60)
  • Prepaid self-addressed return courier pack – to allow the return of applicants passport. The courier companies are able to supply a prepaid return courier pack to enable the return of documents to the applicants directly.  

The visa application package can be submitted to the High Commission for submission to the Chinese Visa Office in Wellington. Once the visas are issued the High Commission will return the passports in the prepaid return courier envelope supplied by the applicants. I would suggest the applicants split the cost of couriering the documents to and from Wellington for a visa to be issued. Please note a pre-paid return courier envelope will be required to be sent through with the documents so that the passports can be returned once the visas are issued.

International Scholarship Opportunities


The Government of China is offering twenty (20) scholarships to nationals of Forum Island Countries under the China – PIFS Scholarship Scheme for 2017-18.

Attached a circular and information from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) on the scholarship and also instructions on how to apply CSC online application for international students.

Note that potential applicants should select three(3) preferred institutions from the information available on the website of the China Scholarship Council visit www.csc.edu.cn 


  • Complete a Foreigner Physical Examination Form (available on website)
  • Complete the application form (application form available online)
  • Copies of necessary supporting documents

Initial screening of applications will be undertaken by the Forum Secretariat and the final processing by the China Scholarship Council, where successful applicants will be contacted directly by the China Scholarship Council.

Any enquiries regarding the above scholarship should be directed to filipej@forumsec.org.fj

OPSC would appreciate if completed applications be received by Monday 20th March 2017 for processing.

Circ#06 – Attachment-China Scholarships Information

Circ#06 – China Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Scholarship Scheme 201…

Short Term International Training (July 2015 – June 2016)

During the year, the Office of the Public Service Commissioner and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration committed to streamlining short term international training opportunities received through our Wellington embassy.  These training opportunities provide the chance to strengthen our in-country capacity through the up skilling of our workforce. Participants benefit from their exposure to international systems and best practice. These opportunities allow participants to apply their new learning when they return to their workplace. 

A total of 92 international training opportunities were offered with 29 successful placements.  It is not always possible to take full advantage of the offers presented to us as some do not address essential training areas nor do they always occur at an appropriate time. Late notification from sponsors also sometimes restricts participation, especially where visas are required or planned work commitments prevent participation.
As we continue implementing the first phase of the Public Sector Strategy, we will introduce a graduate recruitment, talent management and leadership development programmes. We will ensure that we have mechanisms to attract qualified Cook Islanders to work for the sector and support talent and leaders through structured training programmes linked to performance. All employees must be encouraged to perform and trained to improve performance or for career progression. We intend to support talent develop in their relevant career pathways, some of which will include a leadership pathway.

NoMinistry/AgencyTraining programmeFunder:
2JusticeTreatment of Offenders (Prison, Probation & Parole)Japan
1Private sectorScholarship 2016China
3Business Trade and InvestmentYoung Leaders’ Programme: Local GovernanceJapan
Emergency Management National
Youth Council
1Office of the Prime MinisterRisk Reduction Systems (PIC)Korea
1Internal AffairsTreaty Body Reporting for Government OfficialsUN-Samoa
1Private sectorYoung Leaders’ Programme – 2015Japan
1Finance and Economic ManagementOfficial Development Assistance (ODA) EvaluationJapan
2HealthMedical Officers from Pacific Island CountriesChina
4Education, Foreign Affairs, Student, Finance and Economic ManagementJENESYS Programmes 2016 – March tourJapan
1HealthLife-style Disease PreventionJapan
1HealthHealth Security SystemsThailand
1JusticeCase management, challenges, solutions and innovationSingapore
2TourismPromotion and MarketingJapan
1HealthDisaster Risk Management & Community ResilienceThailand
1EducationTransforming Education in the 21st CenturySingapore
1Business Trade and InvestmentPrivate sector growth and attracting foreign investmentSingapore
2Finance and Economic Management Internal AffairsLeading and Managing Public Sector changeSingapore
2Marine ResourcesFishery Resource ManagementJapan
1Private sectorYoung Leaders from Pacific Island CountriesChina
Energy3Law and Order6
Resilience3*From China, Japan and Netherlands




Short Term International Training (July 2014 – June 2015)

OPSC facilitates short term international training opportunities in collaboration with MFAI. Predominantly, these opportunities come from countries with whom the Cook Islands has bilateral and international relationships including China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Thailand. Scholarship offers are also regularly available from China, Cuba and Switzerland.

These training workshops and scholarships provide unique opportunities to strengthen in-country capacity through the up skilling of our work force. Participants are exposed to international systems, techniques and processes and the practical nature of many of these opportunities allows for application of learning upon the participants’ return home. The challenge is to ensure that there is rigorous follow up and sustainable support provided to enable implementation and application as appropriate within agencies.

Sixty-three short term international training opportunities were offered during this period and 40 public and private sector employees were successful with their applications to participate (Table 13). It is not always possible to take full advantage of the offers forthcoming as some do not address the training areas required nor do they always occur at an appropriate time. It is not unusual to receive late notification of these opportunities which also restricts participation, especially where visas are required or planned work commitments preclude participation.

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NoParticipantsDepts. & AgenciesProgrammesGovt.
1Teumere Tairi, Wayne Mitchell, Deliza MatataPrivate SectorTropical Fruit & Vegetable Planting & ProcessingChina
2Jim NimerotaMFEM-StatisticsImproving Capacity in Producing Official Statistics relating to MDGsJapan
3Elizabeth KapiMinistry of EducationEducation Administration in Reducing Disparities in Basic EducationJapan
4Noeline Mateariki, Misepa IsamaelaCook Islands Tourism CorporationEnvironmental Planning for Sustainable TourismSingapore
5Sharyn Paio, Tere UtangaMinistry of EducationLeaders in Education Programme InternationalSingapore
6Owen LewisMinistry of EducationTechnical & Vocational Education & Training Programme for Principals and LeadersSingapore
7Danielle CochraneMinistry of EducationTransforming Education in the 21st CenturySingapore
8Tama HeatherTe Aponga Uira, OPM-EnergyRenewable & Green Energy as Alternatives: TNB's Experience towards Greener MalaysiaMalaysia
9Jamie ShortMinistry of Cook Islands InfrastructureCapacity Building for Ratification on Minamata Convention on MercuryJapan
10Maxwell ArapoitiNational Environment ServicesTowards Green Growth with Waste UtilisationThailand
11Beia Tina HoffOffice of the Prime Minister’s OfficeJapanese Government Young Leaders Training Invitation Program - Disaster ManagementJapan
12Elizabeth Hosking, Nukutau Pokura, Nicolle AmaOPM, Ministry of Health, BTIBYoung Leaders Program 2015: Local GovernanceJapan
13Daphne Ringi, Petero Okotai, Garth HendersonOPSC, OPM, MFEMFinal 4th Commonwealth Pacific Forum ProgrammeSamoa
14Anthony TuruaMinistry of EducationGovernance & Public AdministrationSingapore
15Daphne RingiOPSCInnovation and Change Management in the Public SectorSingapore
16Tiki Daniel, Sylvana Puia, Terepai ObedaPrivate SectorSeminar on Tropical Marine Industry Development for Developing CountriesChina
17Adoniah Lewis, Siena PassfieldCook Islands Tourism CorporationSustainable Tourism Development Utilising Island AreasJapan
18Eirangi Marsters, Talissa KotekaMinistry of Foreign AffairsSpecial Course for Officers of Foreign Offices of Pacific Island CountriesFiji
19Miimetua Nimerota, Mana EtchesOPMTraining Program for Young Leaders 2014: Policy on ICT CourseJapan
20Patrick TangapiriMinistry of Infrastructure Cook IslandsManagement of Water Resources and Water Supply Services for Pacific Island CountriesJapan
21Yitiri AkamaMinistry of Infrastructure Cook IslandsPublic Works Administration in Regional GovernmentJapan
22Richard PokoinaOPMImproving ICT Policy Planning Skills Utilizing StandardsJapan
22Amelia FukofukaMFAIProgram for Foreign DiplomatsSingapore
23Manea BatesMeteorological ServicesReinforcement of Meteorological ServicesJapan
24Ned HowardMinistry of TransportCivil Aviation Chief Executives ProgrammeSingapore
25Walter TangataMFEM-CustomsNarcotics Identification and Narcotics Law Enforcement for Senior Custom Officers for ASEAN and PIF countriesMalaysia
26Mana EtchesOPM-Disaster ManagementGeospatial Technologies for Coastal & Marine Disaster Management & Climate Change at IIRSIndia


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