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Why These Expats are Good For Fiji

Hiring expatriates to take on top Government jobs is nothing new. In fact, governments around the world do the same. The five expatriate Permanent Secretaries announced by the Public Service
07 Jan 2016 07:42
Why These Expats are Good For Fiji

Hiring expatriates to take on top Government jobs is nothing new. In fact, governments around the world do the same.

The five expatriate Permanent Secretaries announced by the Public Service Commission are to take up office by April. Like the 12 local Permanent Secretaries already named, they are the best qualified persons for their respective roles.

These appointments demonstrate the FijiFirst Government’s determination to provide the very best service delivery for the people of our nation. Something Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has emphasised time and again.

The Commission followed a strict guideline in search for suitable candidates. They followed a timeline, criteria and plan of action to appoint the best people. Melbourne-based NGS Global Pty Ltd, an internationally renowned recruiting service, was employed to ensure this happened.

The CVs of the five expatriates selected speaks volumes.

Tasked to deal with the affairs of the new Ministry of Civil Service is Canadian, Nicole Jauvin.  In 2006 she was appointed president of the Canada Public Service Agency. This was set up with the objective of developing a public service culture of excellence, serving the Canadian Government and delivering desired results for all Canadians.

In a 32-year career in Canadian federal government she also served as a deputy minister, including the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Social Development Canada, and as Deputy Solicitor-General.

A lawyer by training, Ms Jauvin has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1983. She also holds a B.A. in Communications and a Diploma in International Cooperation from the University of Ottawa.

Ewan Perrin, who will be the Permanent Secretary for Communication and Information Technology, is an IT consultant with over 25 years of experience.

His areas of focus include IT strategy, business and IT collaboration, and innovative use of information and technology to meet citizen and community needs.

He is the chair of the Commonwealth CIO Forum and participates in IT mentoring programmes, particularly for women in IT.

With the Government focus on infrastructure development, Paul Baylycomes with a wealth of experience including his three-year appointment by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to an international Advisory Pool of Experts in Public Infrastructure.

The new Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport’s academic background covers accounting, finance and economics. In 2008 he completed the Senior Executive Fellows Programme at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He has postgraduate and graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Massey.

These highly qualified individuals know they are not here for a long tropical holiday, but will be constantly under the spotlight by the public and their employers.

And as the good book says, “to whom much is given, much will be required.”

The Bainimarama Government is making that clear.



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