New Infrastructure and Tourism minister appointed

The Honorable Sēmisi Kioa Lafu Sika, 48, was appointed Tonga’s new Minister of Tourism  and Infrastructure on Monday, April 18, 2016.

“I wish to confirm herewith that [ His Majesty Tupou VI ] has appointed Hon Semisi Sika to the Ministerial portfolio of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Tourism, based on a recommendation from the Hon Prime Minister Samuela Akilisi Pohiva,” the Kingdom’s Chief Secretary Dr Palenitina Langa’oi said.

His Majesty King Tupou VI has appointed Hon. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika to the Ministerial portfolio of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Tourism, based on a recommendation from the Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva.

Hon. Sika is the People’s Representative to Parliament for Tongatapu No.2 constituency and Chairperson for the Committee of the Whole House for the 2015-2018 parliamentary term.

He is a graduate of Brigham Young University of Hawai’i with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Travel Management. He was a teacher at the LDS Liahona High School from 1995-1997.

He is a businessman and manager for his own travel agent, Five Star Travel from 1998-2010. He is a member of the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands; a director of the Heilala Festival since 2000; a board Member, Tonga Red Cross Society; President, Liahona Alumni Association; President, Tonga National American Basketball Association; President, Tonga Rugby League and Chairperson of Havelu Sports Council.

Hon Sika is currently overseas and will return to the Kingdom later this week, Dr Langa’oi said.

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