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Regional team visits Papua New Guinea

8th Feb 2013

The Regional Scout Committee team visiting Papua New Guinea (PNG) to discuss the development of Scouting in PNG met the Governor General cum Chief Scout His Excellency Sir Michael Ogio at his Government House on 7th February.

In his discussion, the Chief Scout was very keen to know more what PNG Scouting is doing, and was eager to hear more on the focus for the coming days and years to develop scouting in PNG. He clearly remembered and recalled the Scouting days he had in his schools days especially in camps and is convinced that the values of Scouting are useful for young people and would give them opportunities in life. He was keen to play a supporting role for Scouting.

The team, comprised of Committee members Paul Parkinson and Wendel Avisado together with the Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed, is in Port Moresby from 6-9 of February to discuss with the local key Scout officials to understand the current development of Scouting and to jointly work out on the immediate actions needed. The meeting is being held at the national scout headquarters.

The 2-day discussions were joined by the Chairman of the local National Scout Council Mr. Daniel Linonge, Chief Commissioner Sere Kala, Deputy Chief Commissioner Michael Peason, including a number of key Commissioners and Rover leaders.

The local team updated the Committee with recent developments including the highlights of a 5-year master plan for the development of their Scout property.

Among areas to be discussed for action planning are administration and management, membership growth, finance and budgeting, property, Youth Programme, leader training, and adult awards, among others. The visiting team gave their observations on actions taken in some key areas of management and the documentation that has been developed for the meeting.

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