Tongan government CEO dies in Fiji

The Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, ‘Asipeli Palaki has died in Fiji.

It is understood  Palaki was in Fiji for medical treatment but he died on Sunday.

His body will be flown to Tonga on Thursday.

Palaki of Mounga’one Ha’apai, Noapapu Vava’u and Haveluloto Tongatapu became  CEO on September 16, 2015. .

He initially held the position in 2012 until July, 2015.

Mr. Palaki’s career in the public service began in 1984 as a Cadet Computer for the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources.

“In 1986 Mr. Palaki was promoted to the position of National Park Ranger and since then, he was appointed to senior positions in the Ministry, including Environment Officer, Head of Planning and Assessment Division; Deputy Director for the Department of Environment as well as Acting CEO of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change from 2009 until 2012”.

“Mr. ‘Asipeli Palaki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science (1992) from James Cook University, Australia”.

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