PNG PM Appoints New Chief Secretary To Government

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Isaac Lupari replaces retiring Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc

By Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Feb. 8, 2016) – Prime Minister’s chief of staff Isaac Lupari has been appointed Chief Secretary to Government.

He replaces Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc who has retired on medical grounds.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. Mr Lupari accepted the appointment saying; "I will serve the Government to the best of my ability but one of the biggest challenges for me is getting the public service to work together.

He will remain chief of staff until a replacement is found.

Mr Lupari is no stranger to his new post.

He was Chief Secretary to Government for two terms under the National Alliance-led Government of Sir Michael Somare.

He later became a diplomat before joining the People’s National Congress-led Government as chief of staff.

Mr O’Neill said Cabinet made the decision saying Mr Lupari had the experience and capability that were needed to guide Government in the face of a challenging global environment, and to advance reforms implemented by Sir Manasupe.

"The Chief Secretary to Government is the most important position in our public service and Ambassador Lupari will be instrumental in taking the Government to the next level in a changing global economy.

"Ambassador Lupari has served diligently as the Chief of Staff of the Office of Prime Minister and is a previous Chief Secretary.

"Our country, like many other commodity exporting nations, has to deal with a number of challengers and we need ongoing strong leadership in the Government bureaucracy.

"We need strong and capable management in our public service and Ambassador Lupari will lead by example.

"There is a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure the ongoing delivery of services to our people, and Ambassador Lupari’s appointment will serve the nation in that capacity."

The Prime Minister thanked Sir Manasupe for his leadership of the public service and for the people of Morobe.

"Leaders of the calibre of Sir Manasupe are rare and it has been an honour to work with this outstanding Papua New Guinean.

"Sir Manasupe has been both a strong leader and also a role-model for the men and women of the public service who work under his direction.

"In particular, strengthening service delivery at the local level through district development authorities has been an outstanding achievement of Sir Manasupe as Chief Secretary.

"Sir Manasupe embraced the vision of district development authorities and his work has changed lives as decision-making has been returned to the people."

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