Craig Strong was farewelled this week at the Ministry of Fisheries at the National Support Office in Suva.
In his farewell address to the outgoing Permanent Secretary, the Honourable Minister for Fisheries, Mr Semi Koroilavesau thanked Mr. Strong for the endless support that had been rendered to him and the officers.
“We are truly grateful for your input in the one year and three months that you have been serving as the Permanent Secretary. We also wish you well in your new role as Chief Executive Officer for Investment Fiji,” said Mr. Koroilavesau.
In his farewell speech, Mr. Strong said that when he took up the role as PS, he had high expectations and he has come to respect the work carried out by staff around the country.
“Fisheries is an exciting field and you as officers should be proud. Please never underscore the importance of the work that you do,” said Mr. Strong.
“I reflect on this chapter of my career and indeed my life with an enormous amount of satisfaction and I believe that we have achieved significant progress in our time together.”
Mr. Strong added that the foundation of the work is now set and it is up to the staff to execute it to the best of their ability.
“I, therefore, ask you to focus with urgency on the quality aspect of our Strategic plan so that by 2029 you will have earned the respect of the Fijian people because of the work that you have done and the difference you have made. Focus on the quality strategy, quality in yourself, quality in your processes, and the quality in the execution of your processes,” added Mr Strong.
“I encourage you to work with professionalism, with accountability, and most of all integrity, and at the end of the day be able to say that your work made a positive difference in the lives of ordinary Fijians.”
Permanent Secretary for Forestry and incoming Acting Permanent Secretary for Fisheries, Mr. Pene Baleinabuli was also welcomed at the function.
“I certainly have big shoes to fill and I am quietly excited at the new role that has been bestowed upon me as Acting PS. I have no reason to fail as Mr. Strong has set the pace already for me and I look forward to working with the ministry and developing it further,” said Mr Baleinabuli.
Team Fisheries wishes Mr. Strong and his family all the best for the future as well as Fair Winds and Following Seas.