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Paula Ma‘u appointed as Tonga’s new Chief Secretary, Secretary to Cabinet

The Tongan new Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet is Paula Ma’u.

He replaced former Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet Edgar Cocker, who retired last year.

Paula Pouvalu Ma’u and Prime Minister Hu’akavameiliku. Photo/PM Office

He was appointed by the Public Service Commission and has already signed his contract today for four years, a statement said.

“This morning he took his oath before the Honourable Prime Minister Hu’akavameiliku witnessed by members of Cabinet”, it said.

“He started with the Government of Tonga as Head of the Budget Division of the Ministry of Finance in 1993, before taking the Deputy Secretary post at the Prime Minister’s Office in 1996, a post he held for 16 years.

“He was appointed as the first Secretary for the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) in 2020, and he is the longest serving Chief Executive Officer and has recently served at MEIDECC.

It is understood Ma’u has been acting in the role before his appointment.