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.