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TARAWA, Kiribati (November 24, 2001 Kiribati NewStar/PINA Nius Online)---The Kiribati Government has appointed a graduate of the Fiji School of Medicine, Dr. Tetaua Taitai, as its first High Commissioner for Fiji.

Dr. Taitai, 53, graduated from the Fiji School of Medicine in 1970. He holds diplomas in surgery, medicine and pediatrics, and a master’s degree in public health.

He is an Honorary Professor in Community Health at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

After working as a doctor, Dr. Taitai was permanent secretary in both the ministries of Health and Family Planning and Education, Science and Technology. In 1997 he became Kiribati's Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet.

Dr. Taitai leaves Tarawa on Thursday to take up his post in Suva.

The First Secretary to the High Commission, Mr. Meita Beiabure, is already in Suva carrying out necessary preparations before the arrival of the High Commissioner.

Kiribati joins the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea and Tuvalu among the Pacific Islands nations with embassies or high commissions in Suva.

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