President Konrote receives UN Resident Coordinator’s credentials

Fijian President Major General (Ret'd) Jioji Konrote presents a wooden gong (lali) to the UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Fiji, Sanaka Samarasinha, at Borron House. Picture: SUPPLIED

PRESIDENT of Fiji Jioji Konrote today received the credentials for Sanaka Samarasinha – the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Fiji at Borron House, Suva.

Mr Samarasinha who is married with two daughters served in Minsk for five and a half years before joining the office in Fiji.

He also worked in various offices of the UN and UNDP, in particular as Director a.i., Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, Singapore; Senior Advisor to the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Iran; Officer in Charge, Maldives; Director a.i., Kosovo and Officer in Charge of UNDP Samoa, Niue, Tokelau and the Cook Islands.

Mr Samarasinha was also the Deputy Resident Representative in Myanmar and Deputy Country Director, Sri Lanka.

Prior to that he served in Bangkok as the Regional Rule of Law Advisor covering 26 countries in Asia and the Pacific.

Before joining the UN, Mr Samarasinha worked in the legal profession and in journalism, with government, civil society and private sector entities in several countries including the USA, South Africa and India.

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