PAPUA New Guinea’s public servants are the unlikely beneficiaries of a new sponsorship regime from PNG’s SP Brewery, which has launched a scholarship for public servants under its new SP Foundation.

A fund of K200,000 has been set aside by the Brewery for training purposes under a memorandum of agreement signed with the Department of Personnel Management (DPM).

DPM Secretary John Kali said in an announcement that this was the first time a PNG company had stepped forward to assist the public service with much needed training.

“This is a timely support because we will be able to tailor-make and customise a lot of our programs,” he said.

“We can support public servants with skills and competence to be able to get into the core pace and frontline in service delivery.”

The Foundation will be chaired by Bart Philemon, who is responsible for ensuring that the public servant scholarships scheme is rolled out, with Mr Kali, SP Brewery corporate relations manager John Nilkare, lawyer Henry Hennry and Secretary for the Department of Agriculture and Livestock Vele Pat Ila’ava joining him on the board.

The Brewery had also recently announced a K200,000 sponsorship agreement with Cricket PNG for the development of a high performance program and for K80,000 for local rugby league competitions.