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Dr. Theo Yasause to head new agency

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, June 25m, 2008) - The National government’s newly created office of Climate Change and Environment Sustainability (OCC&ES) now has a director whose core responsibility is to get the office up and running.

Until his appointment, Dr. Theo Yasause was the chief of staff and economic adviser to the Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare. He gained considerable experience in project management while employed by the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva, Fiji, for the five years as trade policy adviser and project manager for the European Union-funded economic partnership program.

Yasause has excellent credentials with his national and international experience. He holds a PhD in International Trade and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in International Political Economy majoring in Corporatisation and Privatisation, a Bachelor of Arts in Politics & Public Administration, a Diploma in International Trade & Economic Policy from the WTO (Geneva), Certificate in Negotiations of Technology Transfer, and a Certificate in Project Management. He therefore has a very strong grounding on both the theoretical and applied knowledge of development issues affecting Papua New Guinea and the Pacific region.

Professionally, Yasause has worked in the areas of economic, environment, coastal and marine resources (oceans, fisheries), and sustainable development and how these issues are integrated into trade and industry policies/programs.

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