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Fiji government appoints two new ministers
4:43 pm GMT+12, 22/02/2012, Fiji
Two new cabinet ministers were sworn in this morning by Fiji’s President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau at Government House, Suva.

Commander Viliame Naupoto is now the Minister for Youth and Sports and Jone Usamate is the Minister for Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment.

Prior to his appointment, Naupoto was the Ministry of Fisheries and Forests permanent secretary. He also served in the same capacity in the Office of the Prime Minister and was also the former Director of the Immigration Department.

Usamate is a former Chief Executive Officer for the Training and Productivity Authority of Fiji (TPAF) and was the Director for Technical and Vocational Education at the Fiji National University.

Minister Usamate was directly responsible for creating and maintaining new standards throughout the Fiji National University.

In a statement the Government said that the creation of a separate Ministry for Youth and Sports with its own cabinet minister is necessary in light of Fiji’s growing youth population in the urban, rural and outer island areas.

“The Ministry of Youth and Sports will now strengthen its focus in addressing the increasingly special and complex needs of Fiji’s youths. The ministry will also assist Government in preparing our young people who will be eligible to vote in the 2014 general election and by ensuring that they understand their rights to vote and the importance of their votes in electing a new government,” the statement said.

Government also recognises the contribution of sports to the overall development of Fiji, and the need to develop this sector for socio-economic growth.

The creation of a new and separate cabinet minister for the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment is indicative of Government’s commitment to labour – related issues in the country.

Jone Usamate brings with him a wealth of experience and this will be of great benefit to Fiji’s Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment sector.

Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has welcomed the two new appointees into cabinet and said that he looked forward to working closely with both of them in moving the country forward.

The two new Ministers start their duties in their respective portfolios today.


SOURCE: MINFO/PACNEWS

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