Current Permanent Secretary for Agriculture David Kolitagane has been appointed as the Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development, former British American Tobacco Fiji CEO Ritesh Dass has been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary for Agriculture and Australian national Deborah Weiss has been appointed as the Permanent Secretary for Communications and IT.
The Public Service Commission has announced the appointments which carry the support of the Prime Minister.
David Kolitagane who has been acting as the Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development since December 2018 is now being appointed to that position on a full‑time basis.
Deborah Weiss is being appointed as Permanent Secretary, Communication and Information Technology a position that has remained vacant for a long time for want of the most suitable candidate.
The PSC statement says Weiss, an Australian citizen has over twenty years of very relevant experience as a senior operational and management executive in both the private and government sectors of Australia.
The PSC says it is delighted to have been able to acquire Deborah’s services to carry forward the Government’s ambitious agenda in the areas of digitalization and advanced communication.
She will take up her position on 9th September 2019.
Ritesh Dass, was until recently the CEO of British American Tobacco in Fiji.
He held the position of CEO for nearly ten years firstly in the Solomon Islands and later in Fiji.
PSC says Dass is a very experienced and versatile executive who has significant exposure to the Agriculture sector in Fiji and in the region.