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Burchell welcomed as permanent secretary for youth and sports

Newly appointed Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports, Ms Alison Burchell said she chose to work in Fiji because of the potential Fiji has. Ms Burchell was today welcomed by her ministry with a traditional welcoming ceremony. The new permanent secretary said she chose to work in Fiji because of the potential Fiji has. Fiji for several reasons, […]

Peni Shute

February 1, 2016 11:52 pm

Newly appointed Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports, Ms Alison Burchell said she chose to work in Fiji because of the potential Fiji has.

Ms Burchell was today welcomed by her ministry with a traditional welcoming ceremony.

The newly appointed Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports, Ms Alison Burchell during her welcoming ceremony at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Headquarters in Suva. PHOTO: Peni Shute/Newswire
The newly appointed Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports, Ms Alison Burchell during her welcoming ceremony at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Headquarters in Suva. Photo: Peni Shute/Newswire.

The new permanent secretary said she chose to work in Fiji because of the potential Fiji has.

Fiji for several reasons, number one it’s the first country that sees the dawn in everyday but I think more importantly it’s an open society and that it’s punching above its weight – to use a sporting saying…And for me being able to contribute to Fiji is important because I think that there is allot of potential here, and you’re taking issues related to the economy and citizenry and to change our flag very seriously. And it’s important to ensure that those things come through so what I can or would love to contribute to the system here as well as also learning about  the society and different traditions and different cultures.

Burchell, who was part of the team that put together the Cape Town bid for the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games said she is very optimistic to ensure that there is proper service delivery.

Teamwork is extremely important as we move forward and we must listen to the youth and try and prepare a Fiji for them to take over from us.

The new permanent secretary who attended the University of Cape Town studying Economics and Industrial Sociology said she will contribute well to Fiji.

This is going to be the third continent that I’ve worked in and hopefully what I’ve learnt in Africa and Europe can contribute here, although you can’t take what happens there and just plant it here, it needs to be adapted here and relevant here to Fiji.

Ms. Burchell told Newswire that she had had a similar role when she was in Africa.

I was acting director general for a period of time in South Africa so I have some experience and the director general is equivalent to the work of the permanent secretary here, but obviously you can’t take what exists in other countries and just expect it to happen here so I need to adapt and learn the system here as it continues to evolve.

Originally from South Africa, Ms. Burchell said she is still trying to adapt to the Fijian weather.

Not too bad at the moment and I think for me the biggest thing is the humidity, but I think every Fijian I come across tells me that the weather is very hot this year and I’m glad to hear Fijians saying that it’s also hot and I think the jetlag is a little bit worse so I’m working on that as well.

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