Leo A. Falcam Jr. has been named as the Federated States of Micronesia’s Chief Negotiator for the upcoming Compact negotiations. Falcam is Chief of Staff to President David W. Panuelo and has now served in that capacity for three consecutive FSM Presidents.
Fiji’s Ambassador to the United States, Solo Mara is the incoming Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum. Fiji’s PM has said Mara will be charged with turning PIDF into a more efficient, intellectual and ambitious organisation.
Gilbert Tyuienon of the pro-independence Caledonian Union is New Caledonia’s Vice President. He was elected with the support of the ministers of the anti-independence Future with Confidence whose candidate for presidency Thierry Santa was elected last month. Tyuienon is a former Mayor of Canala.
ANZ’s Country Head in Kiribati is Australian Greg Edwards. Edwards has worked in banking for 29 years and has held senior roles in Melbourne and PNG with Westpac and National Australia Bank.Marshall Islands Chief secretary Ben Graham has returned to the Asian Development Bank after a productive stint with the Marshall Islands government. At his official farewell, Graham was praised by RMI Government officials for being a remarkable leader with integrity.