(2 November 2016)
New Chief Executive Officer for Agriculture, Food and Forests
Dr Viliami Toalei Manu of Halaleva, Tongatapu has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer for Agriculture, Food and Forests. Dr Manu has been appointed effective from 11 October, 2016 for a term of three (3) years.
Dr Manu holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Soil Science (2001) from the University of New England, Australia. He holds a Master of Science (second class Honours) in Analytical Chemistry (1989) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and has also attained a Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry (1982) from Massey University, New Zealand.
Dr Manu’s career in the public service began in 1983 when he was appointed as an Agricultural Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests. Since then, he has taken over senior positions within the Ministry including Senior Soil Chemist (1991), Principal Soil Scientist (1994) and also Acting CEO from December 2009 to December 2010. He was later promoted to the position of Chief Plant Pathologist in 2001 where he continued to serve prior to his appointment to the Chief Executive Officer position.
PMS Inforation Article
“Our minimum is Excellence”
On 04 October, 2016 the PSC Office received advice that the Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Sione ‘Uhilamoelangi Liava’a had passed away at Vaiola Hospital at the age of seventy-four (74). Mr. Liava’a was a former civil servant having entered the Tonga Public Service on 01 February, 1967 up until his retirement from the Public Service on 17 May, 1993 from his position of Director of Government Sup-plies in the then Government Store. He was appointed as Part time Chairman of the Public Service Commission by the Hon. Prime Minister and Cabinet on 15 April, 2015, a position he held up until his death.
During his tenure as Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Mr. Liava’a was instrumental in and passionate about progressing major Public Service Reform programs including the new Remuneration Structure and Performance Management System for the Public Service. He was a man with great insight and wisdom and was always willing to share his experiences with the public service. He believed that accountability and performance should be fully enforced across all levels to account for salaries afforded by government to individuals.
His death is a loss to the Public Service Commission, the PSC Office and to Government. He rests in his final resting place in Ha’avakatolo following his burial on 08 October, 2016.
Farewell Mr. Sione ‘Uhilamoelangi Liava’a - you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith.
Inside this Issue:
- Highlights from the Ministry of Commerce, Consumer, Trade, Innovation and Labour & the Office of the Commissioner for Public Relations
- Coaching and Mentoring Training
- PMS Sub-Committee meeting No. 2
- External & PMS Rating Trainings
- Line Ministry Progress
- Mid-Year Review Process
- Checklist for Supervisors and Employees to assist with Mid-Year Reviews
- Activities for November
- Status Check
- Outer Island Rollout
Mr. Viliami Konifelenisi Fifita of Hala'ovave, Tongatapu has been appointed as the new Government Statistician for the Bureau of Statistics. Mr. Fifita has been appointed effective as from 19 August, 2016 for a term of two (2) years.
Mr. Fifita is currently completing his Doctoral thesis on Poverty Analysis at Bristol University in England since October 2011. He holds a Master of Applied Statistics (2008) from the Australian National University, Australia and has also attained a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Pure Mathematics (2003) from Waikato University, New Zealand and a Bachelor of Science from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji (1995).
Mr. Fifita's career in the public service began in 1996 when he was appointed as an Assistant Teacher in the Ministry of Education. Since then, he has taken over senior positions in the Ministry including Senior Lecturer prior to his transfer and promotion to the position of Assistant Government Statistician at the then Statistics Department in 2004. Mr. Fifita was also a part time lecturer at the University of the South Pacific from 1997 to 2006 and also at the Tonga Institute for Higher Education for the Diploma in Information System and Diploma in Computer Science from1999 to 2007.
During Mr. Fifita's tenure as Assistant Government Statistician at the Statistics Department he assisted the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and some Pacific Islands in designing to poverty measurement and provide training for their various surveys which included Tonga Demographic Health Survey (DHS) 2012, Tonga Household Income Expenditure Survey (HIES) 2012, Solomon Islands DHS 2015, Tuvalu HIES 2015 and Fiji Labour Force Survey (LFS) 2015.