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Teleni Leads Defence Review

The Prime Minister has tasked Captain (Navy) Esala Teleni to chair the nation’s Defence Review Committee. Captain (Navy) Teleni yesterday confirmed that work on reviewing Fiji’s overall security across all
05 Mar 2015 10:55
Teleni Leads Defence Review
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The Prime Minister has tasked Captain (Navy) Esala Teleni to chair the nation’s Defence Review Committee.

Captain (Navy) Teleni yesterday confirmed that work on reviewing Fiji’s overall security across all fronts had started.

He was appointed chairman by PM Voreqe Bainiamarma soon after the sitting of the National Security Council.

Captain (Navy) said there were suggestions to get an overseas expert but the PM opted for him and was ready for it.

“I must thank the Prime Minister for having faith in me to chair the committee,” Captain (Navy) Teleni said.

He said they started their work soon after the National Security Forum last month at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

The PM said the forum had been convened specifically to begin work on a National Security and Defence Review, which will underpin Fiji’s overall security efforts across a broad front.

Captain (Navy) Teleni said the committee had mapped out their work and they would work in stages.

He said experts from Hawaii had just returned and would soon submit their report to them

The committee had been set a timeline to complete their report by August.

“We would submit the report to Parliament,” Mr Teleni said.

The security forces he said were now working on their reports.

“The Fiji Police is working on the Police White Paper; the RFMF on the Defence White Paper and the Immigration Department on the Immigration White Paper which will all be handed to the committee.”

He said the committee was also conducting a national risk assessment on Fiji’s exposure to terrorist threats and money laundering.

Mr Teleni said they hoped to receive all the reports before August.

He said the committee had been tasked to carry out the Defence Review and as chairman, he vowed they would carry out a thorough work on it. Mr Teleni is currently special advisor to the Pacific Islands Developent Forum Secretariat.

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