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The PNG delegation from left, first secretary, Ted Sifapai, Deputy Commissioner Stephen Pokonis and senior officer of the Corrections Service of PNG, Phillip Sanata.

A team from the Corrections Service of Papua New Guinea, headed by the Minister of Corrections, Honorable Jim Samatab, is here on a three days mission to learn more from the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS).

During their brief meeting on Wednesday afternoon (5th November) at the FCS National Headquarters in Suva, senior officers of the FCS presented to the visiting delegation all activities and programmes that are carried out within the FCS.

Deputy Commissioner of the Corrections Service of Papua New Guinea, Mr. Stephen Pokanis said that they are truly grateful for the opportunity to visit the FCS and explore together ways and means of assisting each other in achieving much more.

“We have a lot to learn from the FCS and I am sure that after signing a Memorandum of Understanding later on, we will be able to assist each other in terms of corrections development,” said Mr. Pokanis.

“There is a lot to learn from FCS especially in terms of the rehabilitation of those incarcerated as well as the physical setup of  infrastructure. Our Fiji counterparts have developed and set high standards that we can also follow and I am sure that we will work well together.”

The signing of the MOU between the two parties will see them engage in staff development, staff training, staff exchange and secondment programmes as well as sharing of best practices and lessons learned.

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