The Permanent Secretary for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Salaseini Daunabuna conducted an orientation this week on the Ministry’s roles and responsibilities to three newly appointed diplomats.
PS Daunabuna enlightened the new diplomats on the Ministry’s role, policies and plans and future opportunities in collaborating with them in their new roles particularly in growing overseas employment markets for Fijians as identified in Fiji’s National Employment Policy.
The new diplomats are Paulo Daurewa, First Secretary Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; Ashwini Singh, First Secretary New Delhi, India and Farisha Ali, First Secretary Tokyo, Japan.
Daunabuna added that the role of these new diplomats is important to the Ministry in representing and protecting Fiji’s interests and nationals of the sending state, initiating and facilitating strategic agreements, treaties and conventions, promotion of information about Fiji and our workers, and creating friendly relations with the receiving country in achieving the Ministry’s vision of “Decent Work and Employment Growth”.
The diplomats were also informed of the Ministry’s 5 Year Strategic Development Plan and Fiji’s first National Employment Policy under which the Ministry will be working on achieving in the coming 5 years a reduction in unemployment rate to less than 4 percent as outlined in Fiji’s National Development Plan. PS Daunabuna also urged them to fully utilize the opportunity and make a difference through improved policies and collaboration.
The Permanent Secretary congratulated the diplomats on their new appointments and wished them the very best in their new assignments.