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PS Economy resigns to pursue new challenges

March 4, 2021 12:55 pm
Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Economy, Makereta Konrote [left] and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. [Source: Fijian Government]

Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Economy, Makereta Konrote has resigned from her position.

The Public Service Commission in a statement says they have accepted Konrote’s resignation which comes into effect on March 15th.

She plans to apply her economic expertise to take on new challenges in the near future.

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Konrote was with the Economy Ministry for 18-years, five of which she has served as the Permanent Secretary.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says Konrote assisted in making history many times over, including Fiji’s historic nine-year unbroken stretch of economic growth and unprecedented expansions to the network of social safety.

He adds among her lasting legacies are her involvement in restructuring and reforming the civil service, mainstreaming climate action across government planning, and centralizing major capital projects through the Construction Implementation Unit.

Konrote also helped develop a team of qualified and capable experts who will inherit prudent economic management and world-leading climate action.

The Economy Minister also gave his well-wishes to Konrote and her family.

Konrote says watching the Ministry expand its functions, pursue more sophisticated and complex policies, and improve on its deliverables has been the highlight of her career.

She says it has been a great privilege to work on behalf of her country and want young people, particularly young women, who are considering entering the Civil Service to know that it can be a deeply fulfilling career of service to fellow Fijians.

She also thanked the team and her colleagues for their support as well as the Minister adding that they have come a long way under his leadership.

Konrote says she is leaving the Ministry in good hands who are firmly focused on recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Head of Fiscal Policy and former Head of Treasury Shiri Gounder has been appointed as the acting Permanent Secretary for Economy, effective 16th of March.
Gounder worked with Konrote for nine-years in the Ministry.

He says under her guidance they implemented a number of important reforms.

Gounder adds as they prepare for the 2021-2022 National Budget, he looks forward to working intimately with the private sector, civil society, and members of the public through a nationwide consultation process.

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