Congratulations Sir Mick Nades!
Institute of Business Studies Chairman, Mr Mick Nades, The Honorary Consulate for Belgium in PNG since 1994, has been installed the Order of Leopold, the highest knighthood from Belgium.
Nades was bestowed the honour by Belgian Ambassador to PNG, Jean-Luc Bodson at a reception on Wednesday.
“The reason for this is that Nades has been the honorary consul of Belgium for 20 years,” Bodson said, “He has done this with zeal and enthusiasm. He has served bilateral relations between Belgium and Papua New Guinea in a wonderful way.
“His service has received the attention of our King and he has received this decoration.”
Nades of Sri Lankan heritage but now a PNG citizen, was overwhelmed by the honour.
The King and the Government have now recognised my long service to the Belgian state and the people, and have decided to give me the highest award,” Nades said.
The Order of Leopold, the highest order of Belgian and named in honour of former King Leopold, can only be granted by the current king – King Phillippe in this case – and is reserved for the most important Belgian nationals or distinguished foreign persons.
Nades has contributed to educational development especially in Port Moresby and Enga where there are IBS campuses.
Before that he worked in the private sector as an accountant and did his share of contributing to the development of the nation through his work obligations.
Nades has been instrumental in the development of cricket in PNG over the past 10 years.
NCDC gives K50,000 to IBS School Debate 2014
The National Capital District has again come to the support of Institute of Business Studies School Debate Competition (IBSDC) for 2014 with an increased sponsorship amount of K50,000. NCDC has been sponsoring the IBS School Debate Competitions for five years in a row now.
The IBS School Debate was a brainchild of the Institute of Business Studies and was started in 2009 to develop the young talented speakers of Papua New Guinea, thus it was themed – developing young leaders of our nation.
Ms Rose Gerari, the IBS School Debate Competition Coordinator, on receipt of the cheque from the Governor, Hon. Powes Parkop, thanked the NCDCfor their continuous support saying it goes a long way in helping the cause in educating and giving an opportunity to the young talented Papua New Guineans out there who will partake in this year’s IBS School Debate Competition.
“I take this opportunity to thank the National Capital District for continuing to support us steadfastly as a major sponsor for this competition,” she said.
Since its Inception in 2009, the IBSDC has prided itself as a vehicle that brings young people together around the country to represent their schools and respective provinces and deliberate on the many issues faced today.
“Over the last five years, we have witnessed vibrant young students developing their confidence, public speaking and character building through this competition that strives to develop young leaders of this nation. This year will be the 6th year with the inclusion of the Melanesian School of Debate,” Ms Gerari said.