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Hardwork Pays Off For Vilikesa

The saying that there is no substitute for hardwork rings true for the 46-year- old Vilikesa Naivalucava who has been appointed First Secretary to Fiji’s Mission in Jakarta, Indone­sia. The
15 Dec 2018 10:31
Hardwork Pays Off For Vilikesa
From left: Vilikesa Naivalucava with his son Vilimoni Naivalucava and wife Ana Tagivetaua. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The saying that there is no substitute for hardwork rings true for the 46-year- old Vilikesa Naivalucava who has been appointed First Secretary to Fiji’s Mission in Jakarta, Indone­sia.

The essence of hard work and perseverance are the key ingre­dients that have transformed Mr Naivalucava’s life from being a sugarcane labourer to becoming a diplomat.

Naivalucava hails from the vil­lage of Lawaki, Nakasaleka in Ka­davu, but was raised up in Sabeto, Nadi.

Being the eldest in his family, he understands the importance of responsibility and commitment to excel in life.

The hardships that Mr Naivalu­cava faced did not stop him from achieving his goals inspired him to explore opportunities for his de­velopment.

“I can never forget those days, when I had to cut sugarcane for a living, these are the challenges that encouraged me to work hard for my family, and it took me on a new journey and a level of success that I didn’t even anticipate,” Mr Naivalucava said.

“If you are determined to make positive changes and work dili­gently towards developing your skills and abilities to being your best, the opportunities for success are unlimited.”

Life achivements:

nAfter completing his secondary studies at Queen Victoria School, he worked on the farm for a few months, and then went on to pur­sue teaching qualification at the Lautoka Teachers College.

nUpon completing the course he then began teaching at primary schools from 1992.

nAfter his graduation from the University of the South Pacific with an education degree in 2006, he joined the Curriculum Develop­ment Unit of the Ministry of Edu­cation.

nIn 2011, an opportunity pre­sented itself in the form of KOICA scholarship that enabled Mr Na­ivalucava to pursue Masters Cer­tificate in International Relations and Political Economy in Korea.

nIn 2012 upon the completion of his Masters in Korea, Mr Na­ivalucava joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this being the first step towards realising his aspira­tions to become a diplomat.

nIn 2013, Mr Naivalucava moved to Papua New Guinea with his family and served as the Second Secretary at Fiji’s Mission in PNG for 3 years, before returning to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Head­quarters in 2016, where he served as the Principal Foreign Services Officer.

nDuring this time, Mr Naivalu­cava was striving to further build on his experience and expertise as a diplomat. Now having spent 6 years within the foreign services sector, Mr Naivalucava was head­ed towards a progressive develop­ment in his diplomatic career.

As such when the First Secretary position to Jakarta was adver­tised, Mr Naivalucava lodged in his application.

nIn September this year, Mr Na­ivalucava was appointed as the First Secretary to serve at Fiji’s Mission in Jakarta.

Mr Naivalucava is among the eight new diplomats appointed for the diplomatic positions in Indone­sia, Papua New Guinea, Switzer­land, India, Japan and China.

The new diplomats upon the completion of their orientation programmes have taken up their diplomatic role in the respective countries of appointment since November this year.

Now having spent three weeks in Jakarta, Mr Naivalucava and his family are already adapting to the new culture, language, food and friendship with the Indonesian communities.

Mr Naivalucava says that being a diplomat is one of the noble pro­fessions and he is honoured to rep­resent Fiji in Jakarta.

“As diplomats, we have to aspire to serve in the best interests of our nation, to strengthen collabo­rations and friendship with our international communities,” Mr Naivalucava said.

“I am grateful to have been selected to serve my country through this role that comes with great leadership responsibilities and opportunities to make positive changes for our nation.

“I will have the opportunity to work with Madam Ambassador Seleima Veisamasama at Jakarta Mission to enhance Fiji-Indonesia collaboration in areas of the Small Medium Enterprises (SME’s) and agriculture development,” Mr Na­ivalucava elaborated.

He attributes his success to the Almighty and acknowledged his parents, family, the executives and staff members at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who have support­ed him in his endeavours to excel personally and professionally.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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