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Koroilavesau sworn-in

Koroilavesau sworn-in
Minister for Employment, Production & Industrial Relations, Semi Koroilavesau at Government House. Photo: Jona Konataci
October 17
10:16 2015

Government Whip and newly appointed Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Semi Koroilavesau hopes to continue the work of its former Minister, Jioji Konrote.
Mr Konrote resigned a week ago after being nominated for Presidency.
Mr Koroilavesau was sworn-in as the new Minister at the Government House in Suva yesterday in by the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, in the presence of acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum and other Cabinet Ministers.
He commended Mr Konrote for the work he has done for the ministry and said he hoped to continue from where Mr Konrote left off.
“There has been a lot of work done by General Konrote and I basically have to follow it up and he is a very experienced gentleman,” Mr Koroilavesau said.
“The challenge for me is to try to keep up with the work he has already set; I don’t think there is anything new that he hasn’t done during the 12 months he has been there. I just have to keep up the work and try and emulate his achievements over the last 12 months.
“I will have to contribute since I have a team to work with. I look forward to the challenge and see what I can achieve.”
Mr Koroilavesau said he was yet to be briefed by the Solicitor-General and senior officials of the ministry on its operation.
He said he felt very privileged to have been chosen to replace Mr Konrote.
“I am humbled by the experience of being singled out to take over the position. I did not really expect it because I have been a Government Whip for the past 12 months and I actually thought that was good enough for me but there are other decisions that I don’t control,” he said.

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