Fiji Sun - - Nation - Source: Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion

The Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (PSC) is pleased to an­nounce the fol­low­ing Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary ap­point­ments which carry the sup­port of the Prime Min­is­ter.

Min­istry of Ru­ral and Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment – DAVID KOLITAGANE

David Kolitagane, the cur­rent Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for

Agri­cul­ture who has been act­ing as the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for Ru­ral and

Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment since De­cem­ber 2018, is now be- ing ap­pointed to that po­si­tion on a full-time ba­sis.

Backed by his wide ex­pe­ri­ence in mul­ti­ple port­fo­lios and his proven per­for­mance, the PSC feels that he is ide­ally suited to take this port­fo­lio to its next level and help ful­fill the Gov­ern­ment’s agenda in this area. Mr Kolitagane holds a Bach­e­lor of Arts, ma­jor­ing in Eco­nom­ics from the Uni­ver­sity of the South Pa­cific.

Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and IT – DEB­O­RAH WEISS

Deb­o­rah Weiss is be­ing ap­pointed as Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy - a po­si­tion that has re­mained va­cant for a long time for want of the most suit­able can­di­date.

Ms Weiss, an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen, has over 20 years of very rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence as a se­nior op­er­a­tional and man­age­ment ex­ec­u­tive in both the pri­vate and gov­ern­ment sec­tors of Aus­tralia.

The PSC is de­lighted to have been able to acquire her ser­vices to carry for­ward the Gov­ern­ment’s am­bi­tious agenda in the ar­eas of dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion and ad­vanced com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Ms Weiss holds a Bach­e­lor of Pro­fes­sional Stud­ies from the Uni­ver­sity of NSW, and Mas­ter of Com­merce, ma­jor­ing in In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems, from the Uni­ver­sity of NSW.

She will take up her po­si­tion on Septem­ber 9.

Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture - RITESH DASS

Ritesh Dass, was un­til re­cently the

CEO of Bri­tish

Amer­i­can To­bacco in Fiji.

He held the po­si­tion of CEO for nearly 10 years firstly in the Solomon

Is­lands and later in


Mr Dass is a very ex­pe­ri­enced and ver­sa­tile ex­ec­u­tive who has sig­nif­i­cant ex­po­sure to the Agri­cul­ture sec­tor in Fiji and in the re­gion. He is a proven leader and the PSC is pleased to have been able to se­cure the ser­vices of such a high cal­i­bre ex­ec­u­tive from the pri­vate sec­tor.

He holds a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree from Uni­ver­sity of the South Pa­cific and a Post­Grad­u­ate Diploma in Man­age­ment from Cen­tral Queens­land Uni­ver­sity.

Mr Dass will take up his role on Oc­to­ber 1.

Deb­o­rah Weiss.

David Kolitagane.

Ritesh Dass.

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