Fiji Ports Employees Graduate from Chinese Learning Course

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Fifteen Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) officers graduated from 10 week training on Chinese Language Beginners Level course on November 8.

Speaking at the graduation, FPCL chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena said the course was relevant to their line of work and is aimed at improving efficiency, effectiveness and accountability due to the increase number of Chinese nationals conducting business at our Ports.

“To be honest, communications with our Asian customers has always been a challenge and through this training, we hope to be addressing this need,” Mr Piyasena said.

“They need to at least understand and communicate basic Chinese language in order to avoid any misunderstanding as we continue to work on improving our service delivery to our customers – regardless of where they are from and which language they speak.”

Mr Piyasena congratulated the staff on their graduation and saluted them for their effort and their positive attitude towards learning.

He also thanked the Confucius Institute of the University of the South Pacific for facilitating FPCL’s request.

The course was tailor-made or specifically put together based on the daily experiences of the employees. Majority of the course participants are based at Muaiwalu Wharf 1 where the Chinese Fishing vessels berth.