European Union Visitor's Programme 2012/13 - A "first" for a PNG national (20/04/2012)

European Union Visitor's Programme 2012/13 - A "first" for a PNG nati

The European Union, for the first time since the establishment of its Delegation in Papua New Guinea, sponsored a candidate from Papua New Guinea, Ms Kimberley Kepore from Enga Province, to attend a seven day visit in February/March to Europe to observe EU headquarters' operations, institutions and systems in Brussels under the global European Union Visitor's Program (EUVP).

The European Union has again earmarked a place for one candidate to represent PNG also next year, ie 2013 (see below).

Following her visit to Brussels, Ms Kepore met with Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to PNG, Dr. Martin Dihm in Port Moresby. Ambassador Dihm congratulated her on her successful visit and highlighted that 'the program was also an ideal opportunity for EU actors in Brussels to learn more about PNG, its people and culture first-hand'. Ms Kepore described her stay in Brussels as a 'unique insight into the EU and its operations as a global power and an opportunity for PNG to be represented at such a high political level.'

Kymberly Kepore was selected from seven (7) final nominees by an EU Selection Panel in Brussels after being short-listed and submitted as a potential candidate for the program by the EU Delegation to PNG. A young woman and lawyer, she is presently working as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank as the Governance and Private Sector Development Specialist (Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative).

Kymberley hails from Wapenamanda District in Enga Province and is the daughter of a former PNG diplomat to Brussels. She is also the producer of the internationally-recognized documentary on the 2007 PNG National Elections, "Tanim", which was recently shown in the UK and at various Film Festivals overseas.

This was not only a first for Kymberley, but also for Papua New Guinea, with PNG's application for membership to the European Union Visitor's Programme scheme officially approved in October 2011. This therefore means that PNG is now included as one of the 80 countries world-wide that  participate in this annual program.

The European Union Visitor's Programme, originally an initiative of the European Parliament and the European Commission in 1974, is designed with the objective to attract young potential leaders from all over the world.

Selection for the visit in 2013 

The EUVP Committee have allocated a place for one successful nominee to represent PNG each year with plans already underway for the selection for 2013.

The successful applicant must be between the ages of 25 – 45 and must have successfully completed university education, or equivalent training, and will have already gained some years of successful and relevant professional experience. Basic knowledge of the EU Institutions and their functioning is also required as is an in-depth understanding of PNG's governance structures, history, national interests and concerns. The candidate must also possess the character and skill to verbalise this at high-level meetings and to large groups of people.

If anyone feels they have the qualification and experience to undergo this program please submit your CV's to – Delegation-papua-new-guinea@eeas.europa.eu, by 25th May 2012.

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