Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Expat to head dialogue

Timoci Vula - December 29, 2009

AN EXPATRIATE deemed independent will be given the priority by the State to chair the National Dialogue Forum that expects to hold its first meeting in February next year.

Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office Pio Tikoduadua, confirmed this saying the State wanted an independent person who knew about Fiji and had the country's interest at heart.

"We are looking abroad for this position. We are looking at a few people and really, we want applicants of good standing and one who will command respect of the people who will participate in this forum," Mr Tikoduadua said.

He said a good number of applications had been received, both in electronic and handwritten formats.

Mr Tikoduadua would not reveal the number of applicants saying he might do so at a later stage.

He said that while not all people would be accepted, the State would make sure a good cross-section of the community was represented at the forum.

"Interest is coming in since we issued the Expression of Interest that closed on December 24," Mr Tikoduadua said.

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