STRENTHENING the management of Vanuatu’s largest markets and local authorities was the goal of training led by the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) in Port Vila last week.
The training involved staff from finance, administration, human resource, planning, security and market management at the Luganville and Port Vila municipal councils, and the SHEFA Provincial Council.
The training followed a comprehensive Training Needs Assessments by the CLGF of market management and local authorities carried out in Port Villa, Luganville, and three Efate Ring Road market sites in July 2016. The initiative is part of the UN Women Markets for Change project being undertaken in partnership with the Vanuatu Government.
Speaking after the training, Josiane Tabiaga, accountant for the Luganville Municipal Council, said she learned a huge amount that will help improve how the Council manages its business.
“The training was very, very good, not just for the Luganville Market but for the Luganville Municipal Council. We’ve learned about financial processes, customer services, leadership, conflict management, internal control, financial management, and evaluation too,” she said.
Mrs Tabiaga said the councils all have the same problems so by working together in the training they were able to problem solve and improve.
“I’ve learned that you must plan first, then organize. Plenty of times we haven’t done that, but now we have been taught how,” said Mrs Tabaiaga.
Markets for Change is supported by the Australian Government and aims to strengthen women’s economic security and rights in market places throughout Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands. The six-year initiative includes three markets sites in Vanuatu – Port Vila, Luganville and Marobe – as well as five Shefa Province ring road markets.
- with UN Women