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     Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service

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History

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY

History1At independence on 10th October 1970, the responsibility for Fiji’s foreign policies passed to the Foreign Affairs Department at the Prime Minister’s office. The Prime Minister, Hon. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, served concurrently as Minister for Foreign Affairs until 21 July 1982.

On 22 July 1982 a separate Ministry of Foreign Affairs was established with Mr. Mosese Qionibaravi as the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism and Mr. Satya N Nandan as Permanent Secretary.

Leadership of the Ministry over the years are as follows:

MINISTERS FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

•    1970 – Hon. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
•    1982 – Hon. Mosese Qionibaravi
•    1984 – Hon. Jonati Mavoa
•    1985 – Hon Semesa Sikivou
•    1986 – Hon. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
•    1987 – Hon. Krishna Dutt
•    1987 – Hon. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
•    1992 – Hon. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara [Advisor of Foreign Affairs]
•    1992 – Hon. Filipe Bole
•    1994 – Hon. Filipe Bole
•    1994 – Hon. Major-General Sitiveni Rabuka
•    1999 – Hon. Dr Tupeni Baba
•    2000 – Hon. Kaliopate Tavola [Interim Civilian Government]
•    2001 – Hon. Kaliopate Tavola [Caretaker Government]
•    2006 – Hon. Senator Kaliopate Tavola
•    2007 – Hon. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
•    2009 – Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola

PERMANENT SECRETARIES FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

•    1970   - Mr. RT. Sanders
•    1974   - Mr. Joji  Kotobalavu
•    1982   - Mr. Satya N Nandan
•    1985   - Dr. Jona Senilagakali
•    1989   - Ratu Isoa Gavidi
•    1989   - Ms. Taufa Vakatale
•    1992   - Mr. Robbin H Yarrow
•    1993   - Ratu Tui Cavuilati
•    1997   - Dr. Ahmed Ali
•    1999   - Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
•    2000   - Mr. Emitai Boladuadua
•    2001   - Ratu Tui Cavuilati
•    2002   - Ratu Isoa Gavidi
•    2005   - Mr. Isikeli Mataitoga [Chief Executive officer]
•    2007   - Mr. Isikeli Mataitoga [Advisor – removal of CEO post]
•    2007   - Mr. Ross Ligairi
•    2008   - Mr. Ross Ligairi
•    2009   - Mr. Peceli Vocea
•    2009   - Mr. Solo Mara
•    2011   – Mrs Saipora Mataikabara

     2013-  Mr Amena Yauvoli

    2014- Mr Amena Yauvoli

 

 

CHANGE IN NAMES OF THE MINISTRY

Changes in name of the Ministry over the years are as follows:

•    1970   – Foreign Affairs Department
•    1982   – Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Tourism
•    1987   – Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Civil Aviation
•    1987   – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
•    1992   – Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Civil Aviation
•    1994   – Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External Trade
•    2000   – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, External Trade & Sugar
•    2001   – Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External Trade
•    2007   - Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Civil Aviation
•    2011   – Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation

    2014- Ministry of Foreign Affairs

LOCATION OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY

In the early 1980’s, the Ministry was located at the 2nd floor of the New Wing of the Government Building in Suva. On November 1999, the Ministry moved from the 2nd floor New Wing of the Government Building to level 8 and 9 Suvavou House. The Ministry spent 11 years at Suvavou House before moving to its existing location now at level 1 and 2 Bose Levu Vakaturaga Complex at Nasese on February 2011.
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Top Left Clockwise: New Wing GB, Suvavou House, BLV Complex

ESTABLISHMENT OF FIJI MISSIONS ABROAD

Following independence Fiji opened three representative missions at London, UN HQ in New York and Canberra respectively, Mr. J. R. Rabukawaqa was appointed as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr. S. K. Sikivou, as Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations and Mr. R. N. Nair as High Commissioner to Australia.

This was followed later by the establishment of missions in Brussels, Wellington, Tokyo, India, Washington, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Papua New Guinea, Jakarta, Pretoria and Brasilia as follows:

MISSION/EMBASSY    DATE

•    UN                              New York        1970
•    London                       UK                   1970
•    Canberra                    Australia          1971
•    Brussels                     EEC                  1973
•    Wellington                   NZ                    1978
•    Tokyo                          Japan               1981
•    Washington                USA                  1985
•    Kuala Lumpur             Malaysia           1988
•    Port Moresby              PNG                  1992
•    Beijing                         China                2001
•    Consulate General      Sydney            2003
•    New Delhi                   India                 2004
•    Jakarta                        Indonesia         2011
•    Pretoria                       South Africa    2011
•    Brasilia                        Brazil               2011

 

    Seoul                           South Korea   2012

    Abhu Dhabi                 UAE                2012

    Geneva                      Switzerland     2014

    Shanghai                    China              2014

 

 

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Mr.-Yogesh-J.-Karan

 

Mr Yogesh Karan

Acting Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs

 

 

Minister's Bio-data

 

VOREQE BAINIMARAMA was born in Suva on 27 April, 1954 and was educated at Marist Brothers High School. He enlisted into the Royal Fiji Military Forces Naval Division as an Ordinary Seaman on 26 July 1975, and was commissioned from the ranks as an Ensign on 01 November 1977.

He attained Second Mate Qualification for the Pacific Island from the Fiji Institute of Technology in 1980, and qualified from the Junior Command and Staff College with the RNZAF in March of 1981. He was promoted Lieutenant in August 1981 before returning to New Zealand to attend the NBCD Course in October the same year. He qualified in the International Relation Examination in 1981.

In April 1988 he was appointed Commanding Officer Fiji Navy and was later promoted Commander on 4 October 1988. In 1991 Mr. Bainimarama attended the Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College in Kuala Lumpur and returned to resume command of the Fiji Naval Division in January 1992. At the end of 1992 he was at the Australian Warfare College at Newcastle on Maritime Surveillance Training.

He attended the Asian Institute of Technology in Disaster Management in 1993 and a year later attended Exclusive Economic Zone Management Training a the Dalhousie University in Canada. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in October 1994 before attending the Australian Joint Services Staff College [JSSC].

He assumed the appointment of Chief of Staff of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces in October 1997. Mr. Bainimarama was appointed Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and promoted on 01 March 1999.

During the 2000 crisis, Mr. Bainimarama assumed Executive control of the nation and was instrumental in the restoration of law and order in the country.

Mr. Bainimarama has been honored with the Meritorious Service Decoration and the Officer of the Order of St John of Jerusalem for outstanding service to the military and Fiji. His additional awards include the Multinational Force and Observers Peacekeeping Medal, the General Service Medal, the Fiji Republic Medal and the Anniversary Medal.

Mr. Bainimarama is married to Maria Makitalena and they have six (6) children and fifteen (15) grandchildren. His interests include all sports, in particular rugby union and athletics, military history and current affairs.

 

 

 

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Arieta Moceica
Deputy Secretary, Operations

Mrs Arieta Matalomani Moceica holds a Bachelors of Jurisprudence from Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; a Post Graduate Certificate in Management from the Central Queensland University; a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations from the University of Fiji where she was also awarded the Raman Nair Award for academic excellence in 2012.  She’s also a double-Masters graduate, with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Graduate School of Business of the University of the South Pacific and a Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy (MAIRD) from the University of Fiji.

Her professional experience in the last 25 years includes gender training in rural communities and within the civil service; project management, programme development, policy planning and analysis within the  NGO sector nationally and regionally; lobbying and advocacy regionally and internationally specifically in the thematic areas of gender and climate change.

Organisations that she’s worked for include: the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, Women’s Action for Change, UNIFEM Pacific Regional Office, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Pacific Islands Association of NGOs and the Pacific Conference of Churches. She’s done project work for UNDP within government and consultancies as a Fiji gender specialist for ADB and ILO funded projects and for the Fiji Red Cross.

She’s also been active in community social work in the Northern division and continues her community service through her children’s school committee.

From 2012 – 2015, she held the post of Director for Women in the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

In 2016, she was recruited as the first national Head of Office for the newly opened International Organization for Migration (IOM) Fiji Office, before being recruited through an Open Merit Based Recruitment Process into her current post as Deputy Secretary Operations with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

She is married to Lieutenant Colonel Ilai Moceica, and they have 3 children.

 


Mr Esala Nayasi
Deputy Secretary, Policy

Mr Nayasi assumed the post of Deputy Secretary Policy when Permanent Secretary Ambassador Ravindran Nair came into office on May 16, 2016. Mr Nayasi was acting PS for 16 months since January 1, 2015. 

He was Deputy Secretary (Operations) from June 2014.  He was the Director of Political and Treaties since January 2012.  Prior to his appointment as Director Political and Treaties, he served as the Second Secretary and later as the First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Fiji to the United Nations in New York.  His diplomatic posting in New York was for the total term of over four years until December 2011.

He joined the Civil Service in 2005, and worked under the Political and Treaties Division of the Ministry for over two years before his diplomatic posting.

He is a lawyer by profession.  He graduated with a law degree from and undertook post graduate studies at the University of the South Pacific. He was admitted to the Fiji Courts in 2005.  He completed a number UN fellowships on international law, including the Summer Programme at the Hague Academy of International Law.

Mr Nayasi is married and has two daughters.


Mr Simione Rokolaqa
Director of Asia Bureau

Mr Rokolaqa was appointed to this post early this year. Before that he was the Director Corporate Services on 1 April 2015. He had worked as First Secretary at the Fiji Embassy in Brazil from July 2011 to February 2015 where he assisted the Ambassador in promoting bilateral cooperation with the Brazilian Government. He also assisted in the setting up of the Fiji Embassy in Brazil in August 2011.

Before Brazil, Mr Rokolaqa worked as the Principal Assistant Secretary for the Corporate Services Division since March 2007. From February 2004 to March 2007, Mr Rokolaqa worked as Second Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Fiji in New York. His role included representing Fiji at the United Nations Plenary & Security Council meetings, United Nations Committee meetings, preparing and presenting national statements, lobbying, conducting research & assessment and representational duties.

Prior to his diplomatic appointment, Mr Rokolaqa was the Student Counsellor at the Ministry of Fijian Affairs Scholarship Unit; and a Social Welfare Officer with the Department of Social Welfare. He also worked at the Director of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Home Affairs and the Department of Inland Revenue. He first joined the Ministry as a clerk in 1993.

Mr Rokolaqa holds a Master’s Degree in Social Science (Strategy and Diplomacy) at the National University of Malaysia and a Bachelor of Arts in History Politics with the University of the South Pacific.


Mr Peter Emberson
Director Multilateral Affairs & Oceans Bureau

Mr Emberson was appointed as Diretor UA Bureau early this year. He joined the Ministry as the Director Climate Change in March 2015.

Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Emberson worked for the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) as Stewardship and Climate change Programme Manager, working on the issue of adaptation and climate induced migration in the Pacific. In addition to managing projects, Emberson travelled extensively throughout the Pacific and beyond undertaking; awareness-raising, migration research and speaking engagements on climate justice. In his six years with PCC, Emberson was privileged to be part of every Fiji government delegation to the annual UNFCCC Conference of Parties from 2009-2014 (COP15-COP20). At these COPs Emberson took special interest in the complexities of international negotiations, and assisted Fiji with themes relating to ‘adaptation’ and ‘loss and damage’.

Prior to joining PCC, Mr. Emberson spent six years with the Pacific Concerns Resource Centre (The Secretariat for the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Movement) where he held the post of Assistant Director- Information.

Mr Emberson was a Rotary Peace Fellow (2007-2008), and acquired his Masters degree in International Politics from the University of Queensland, Brisbane. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, Political-Science and Pacific-History.

He is currently completing his Masters degree in Climate Change from the University of the South Pacific. He is married to Anne and has a two year old daughter, Moira Ana.


 Lt. Col Neumi Leweni
 Chief of Protocol

 


Mr Navneel Sharma
Director of Africa, Americas, Middle East, Europe & Russia Bureau

Mr. Sharma is currently the Director for the newly formed Africa, Americas, Middle East, Europe and Russia Bureau. Prior to Mr. Sharma being appointed as Director for the Bureau, he was the Chief Administrative Officer to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Sharma is a lawyer by profession having graduated from the University of Waikato with a Master of Laws (Hons) Degree. Mr. Sharma also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Diplomacy and International Relations from the University of the South Pacific. He is admitted to the both the Bars of New Zealand and Fiji.  

Mr. Sharma was previously employed at a commercial law firm in Suva before serving as Principal Legal Officer with the Directorate Army Legal Services - Republic of Fiji Military Forces holding the rank of Major. Mr. Sharma has served in the multilateral environment having undertook two successful tours firstly with the 2nd Fiji Infantry Regiment, Multinational Forces and Observers, Sinai, Egypt and later as Staff Officer  with the Conduct and Discipline Team, United Nations Mission in South Sudan, HQ Juba.

Mr. Sharma is an inducted scholar with the Inter-Pacific Bar Association as well as a Sesparlu International alumnus.

Mr Sharma is an avid follower of Fiji 7's rugby and enjoys the great outdoors.


Ms Amalaini Kuruvakadua
Director Oceania Bureau

Prior to joining the Ministry in March 2015, Mrs Kuruvakadua was the Director Policy and Development in the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs. She was the acting Director International Cooperation in that Ministry and also the Manager of the Higher Salaries Commission.

Mrs Kuruvakadua holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Public Administration and a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of the South Pacific.

She is married with four sons.


Ms Manjula Shah
Director Corporate Service

Mrs Manjula Shah comes with a wealth of experience in Human Resources and Policy Formulation
background whilst serving various Ministries and Departments for more than 20 years in the Civil
Service.

She has served in the Customs Department; Inland Revenue Department; Judicial Department;
Ministry of Education; Ministry of Fisheries and Forests and the Public Service Commission.
Immediately prior to taking up this appointment, she held the post of Manager Corporate Services
with the Parliament of Fiji.

Mrs Shah has been actively involved in HR Function; Planning; Training and Development;
Monitoring and Evaluation and Research. She has jointly worked with Professors of the USP to
conduct research on an entire civil service appraisal system; and worked with Consultants from
the Federal and Victoria Parliament on best practice systems and process for Fiji Parliament.

She possesses a Masters of Commence Degree in Management and Public Administration from the
University of the South Pacific and undergraduate Degree in Economics/Human Resources
Management and Industrial Relations.


Mr Josefa Tuima
Director Finance

Mr Tuima was appointed as acting Director Finance in September 2015 following the completion of his term as First Secretary at the Fiji Embassy in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, from 2010 to 2015. During his diplomatic posting in Beijing, Mr Tuima was instrumental in the overall strengthening of bilateral relations between Fiji and China covering all facets of development cooperation between our two countries.

Prior to joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Tuima worked at the Budget Division, Ministry of Finance, from 1999 to 2010. During this period he started work as a Graduate Trainee/Economic Planning Officer and rose through the ranks to Principal Economic Planning Officer. Conducting analysis on financial and economic policy issues related to domestic macroeconomic environment; revenue forecasting and fiscal settings; assisting in the formulation of the fiscal framework for national Budget and assisting in the production of annual budget documentation – Budget Supplement and Speech are some of his areas of responsibilities while at Ministry of Finance

Mr Tuima acquired his Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in 2008. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Management from the University of the South Pacific.