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Race for FFA top job

Pacific lawyers to replace fisheries boss

THERE are two definite frontrunners in the race for the position of Director-General of the Forum Fisheries Agency. Marshall Islands Attorney-General, Dr Filimon Manoni, and Tonga’s Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen were the definite top contenders to replace James Movick of the Federated States of Micronesia whose term ends this year. At the end of the 14th Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting in Pasay City, the Philippines last month, Movick confirmed that nominations had been received for Manoni and Tupou-Roosen.

“Traditionally the post of DirectorGeneral has been held by a Pacific Islander with the Deputy DG from either Australia or New Zealand,” Movick said. “Nominations will close early in 2018 and then the Forum Fisheries Ministers will meet to decide on my replacement.

I must say, however, that there are many competent regional people who can take up the role and the process is moving ahead smoothly.” Tonga has started to lobby quietly for Tupou-Roosen who currently heads the FFA Legal Unit in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

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