(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.
Dr Manu is also a dedicated National Pesticide Registrar with extensive experience in managing the import, provision of statistics, advice and trainings on safety of Pesticides into Tonga. He is also Tonga’s National Codex Contact Point for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)/ World Health Organisation (WHO) Codex Alimentarius Commission since 2007 and the National Codex Contact for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Genetic Modified Platform since 2014.
Dr Manu has sat on various professional committees namely the Chemical Review Committee of the Rotterdam Convention’s Conference of the Parties as well as the Designated National Authority for Tonga for the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Pesticides in International Trade since 2012.
The Public Service Commission welcomes Dr Viliami Toalei Manu’s appointment as the new Chief Executive Officer for Agriculture, Food and Forests and wishes him success in his term in Office.