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Media Release

SPC new Director General Appointment

The 8th Conference of the South Pacific Community held in November 2013, appointed Dr. Collin Tukuitonga of Niue as the new Director General of the South Pacific Community (SPC). Dr. Tukuitonga will replace Dr. Jimmie Rogers whose 8 years of service will end in January 2014.

Dr. Tukuitonga signed his contract on November 20th, 2013 in the presence of Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the current Chairman of the 8th SPC conference, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and outgoing Director General Dr. Jimmie Rogers.

His appointment was unanimously endorsed by the Ministers and delegates of the 8th SPC Conference held at the GCC Complex in Suva. In accepting his new position, Dr. Tukuitonga acknowledged that he had “huge shoes to fill”.

He also paid tribute to his successor, Dr. Jimmy Rogers by stating that “there is no doubt that the SPC is what it is today because of your vision, leadership and hard work”. Dr. Tukuitonga also thanked Minister Kubuabola and the 8th SPC Conference for their confidence in his capability to be at the helm of the SPC at this crucial period in the Pacific Community’s history that it needs to be having a much stronger voice and impact on the Global Community’s design of the post- 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

Furthermore he said “We should stay out of politics that is not our business. Our business is to work with countries, whatever the political situation is, and to deliver what we know best."

By profession Dr. Tukuitonga is a trained medical doctor who obtained his medical training in Fiji and New Zealand. He is currently the head of the Public Health Division at the Secretariat of the South Pacific Community. He says, “It’s (SPC) a strong organization, it’s been around since 1947, and I appreciate the work they do. It’s a big challenge for me to think about how I take the organization to the next level.”

The 9th Conference of the SPC is scheduled to be held in 2015 in Niue when Fiji will hand over the chairmanship of the SPC Conference.

Sources:

Fiji Times (Nov 20, 2013)

Pacific Eyewitness

Fiji Government Online Portal