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Final 4 permanent secretaries announced

The Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC), Mr. Vishnu Mohan, has announced the appointment of four new Permanent Secretaries following a rigorous recruitment and selection process. The four successful candidates are: Ms. Makereta Konrote – Permanent Secretary for Finance. Mr. Ravindran Robin Nair – Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs. Ms. Salaseini Daunabuna – Permanent […]

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April 19, 2016 2:45 pm

The Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC), Mr. Vishnu Mohan, has announced the appointment of four new Permanent Secretaries following a rigorous recruitment and selection process.

The four successful candidates are:

  1. Ms. Makereta Konrote – Permanent Secretary for Finance.
  2. Mr. Ravindran Robin Nair – Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs.
  3. Ms. Salaseini Daunabuna – Permanent Secretary for Employment, Productivity, and Industrial Relations.
  4. Ms. Bernadette Welch – Permanent Secretary for The Civil Service.

Of the four new appointees, two are currently in Acting Permanent Secretary roles, one is a Fijian diplomat and one is an Australian expatriate.

Ms. Makereta Konrote is the Acting Permanent Secretary for Finance and has spent 17 years working in the Ministry of Finance. She is acknowledged as an expert in economic planning and financial policy analysis.

Mr. Ravindra Robin Nair is the former Fiji Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. He has had a lengthy career as a diplomat for both Fiji and Australia and has a proven track record of improving Fiji’s standing on the global stage.

Ms. Salaseini Daunabuna is the Acting Permanent Secretary for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations. She has spent 10 years working in the Attorney-General’s office on employment related issues and has also served as the Government Advisor to the ILO Governing Bodies and Conferences.

Ms. Bernadette Welch is the former Head of Operations for Australia’s G20 Task Force and oversaw the G20 meeting of world leaders in Brisbane in 2014. She is an experienced Australian public servant with broad experience in a number of complex roles.

Mr. Mohan said the candidates had been chosen after thorough reviews and assessments by the Australian Company NGS Global Pty Ltd. The PSC is confident they are capable of serving proficiently in their respective roles.

The four appointments have been made by the Public Service Commission under section 126 (1) (a) of 2013 Constitution, with the agreement of the Prime Minister.

Government Permanent Secretaries are to implement government policies that benefit the Fijian people, to deliver and to serve.

This was the message by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the opening of the Government Permanent Secretaries induction seminar yesterday.

Addressing permanent secretaries and other government officials at the induction, Prime Minister Bainimarama said that it is the government’s priority is to assist the people to get back on their feet.

We must start to address this overarching challenge now even as we make it our priority as a government to assist our people to get back on their feet.

Speaking personally, I have never been so proud or so humble as I am now, to have the privilege of leading our nation at this time. The courage and resilience of our people have inspired me more than ever to serve.

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Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama addresses government officials at the opening of the Permanent Secretaries Induction Seminar earlier today. (Fijian Government)

PM Bainimarama said that permanent secretaries are to dedicate themselves to the service of the people.

And I am telling you this because I want to inspire all of you – our new Permanent Secretaries – to dedicate yourselves to the service of our people.

And to a standard worthy of the wonderful ordinary men and women who have done our nation so proud in this crisis through their bravery, their optimism and determination.

I call on you all to serve our people to the very best of your ability. To do so with honesty, integrity, judgment and compassion. To lead your ministries by example. To set a standard of excellence that really sets the public service alight. To make government a beacon of trust and an instrument of service.

Because now, more than ever, the Fijian people need us to deliver. And it is our solemn duty to do so. To implement government policies that benefit the Fijian people. To deliver and to serve.

The new civil servants will spearhead the reform program with the assistance of the World Bank. To establish a culture of excellence at every level of government.

Lorna Eden, Hon Assistant Minister for Local Government, ROSY SOFIA AKBAR Hon Minister for Women, Children and Poverty AlleviationHousing and EnvironmentHon. Minister for Lands and Mineral REsources, Mereseini Vuniwaqa
Asst. Minister for Local Government Hon.Lorna Eden, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Housing and Environment Rosy Akbar and Hon. Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Mereseini Vuniwaqa. (Fijian Government)

PM Bainimarama added that the appointment was solely based on merit.

You have been chosen solely on the basis of merit, with no regard for religion, ethnicity or socio-economic status. You are the best people for these jobs.

The best people we could find here in Fiji and in the rest of the world.

Some of you were already in place, others have come from outside. And I especially want to welcome the new permanent secretaries from overseas, who have been chosen for their special skills and the contribution they can make to capacity building in Fiji.

We must never be afraid to learn from the experiences of others. And this government will never exclude talented foreigners who can help us take Fiji to the next level. Because the Fijian people deserve the very best.

PM Bainimarama said the basic values and principles must be pursued as outlined in section 123 of the Constitution.

High Standards of professionalism, including professional ethics and integrity; prompt and faithful implementation of government policies and administration of laws; being free from corruption.

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