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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 4, 2001 - The National/PINA Nius Online)---A Papua New Guinean has made it a first for his country by winning the post of Population Specialist with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), based in Nouméa, New Caledonia.

He is Arthur Jorari, the Deputy National Statistician - Statistical Services, with the National Statistical Office.

He received the offer last April but had to delay accepting the job because of the 2000 National Population Census.

His contract with the SPC is for a term of three years, and he has the option to renew it after the third year.

The SPC is an inter-governmental technical advice, assistance, training and research agency serving 22 Pacific Island countries and territories in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

The SPC demography/population program has provided population assistance to member countries since 1967.

The program's general objective is to support Pacific Island governments in the collection, analysis, interpretation, dissemination and use of population data.

SPC is bilingual, with English and French as official working languages.

Jorari graduated from an Australian university with a master's degree in demography.

He also holds a diploma in economic policy analysis from the National Research Institute and several certificates from statistical, computing and management courses, both on shore and abroad.

Mr. Jorari is from Oro Province and is married with four children.

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