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Slade back at the helm

Timoci Vula
Friday, September 09, 2011

PACIFIC Islands Forum leaders have endorsed Tuiloma Neroni Slade of Samoa as their Secretary General for a second term.

The communiqueé said the decision was unanimous and was made during the leaders' retreat at Waiheke Island in Auckland, New Zealand yesterday.

Last week, the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) decided they would nominate Fijian Kaliopate Tavola to the post.

In a statement, Mr Slade thanked the leaders for having confidence in him to lead for a second term.

"I will of course work to the best of my abilities to serve the Forum membership in pursuit of aspirations in the Leaders' Vision for a region of peace, harmony, security and economic prosperity, so that all our people can lead free and worthwhile lives," Mr Slade said.

Mr Slade was elected to the position for three years on 20 August 2008.

From 1976-1982, Mr Slade served as the Attorney-General of Samoa, following his roles as Parliamentary Counsel to the Government of Samoa and Principal/Legal Counsel and Senior Prosecutor for the Attorney-General's Office of Samoa.

Mr Slade is a recipient of Order of Samoa ù Poloaiga Sili a Samoa (2005), Global Oceans Leadership Award (2003), Elisabeth Mann Borgese Medal for services to small island developing States and the oceans (2003) and Laureate, Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy (2001).

He has also served as chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States (1997-2003).

The Secretary General of the Forum Secretariat is appointed by Forum Leaders every three years as head of the organisation. The Secretary General is directly responsible to Forum Leaders and to the Forum Officials' Committee (FOC).

The Secretary General is also permanent chair of the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP).