Chief Secretary & Secretary to Cabinet

Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet:   Dr. Palenitina Langa’oi

Purpose of the Role

The Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet (CSSC) is responsible to the Prime Minister and Cabinet in all matters of the nation, both local and international for overseeing the development, coordination, implementation and administration of all government priorities, policies, decisions and managing the administrative, operational and broader functions and activities of the Prime Minister’s Office.

The role will also be responsible for the Public Service Commission for implementing government policies and decisions, for managing the administrative operation and broader functions and activities of the Office, and for developing and leading programs to continually improve the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery outcomes.

Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet

Dr Palenitina Langa’oi of Havelu Tokelau, Kolovai and Leimatu’a, Vava’u was appointed as the Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet by the Public Service Commission for a period of three (3) years, with effect from 4th March, 2015.

Dr Palenitina Langa’oi of Havelu Tokelau, Kolovai and Leimatu’a, Vava’u was appointed as the Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet by the Public Service Commission for a period of three (3) years, with effect from 4th March, 2015.

Career in the public service

  • March 2011 – March 2015: Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Office of the Public Service Commission
  • 2009 – 2011: Acting CEO of the Public Service Commission and the Head of the Public Service Reform Program
  • 2004: transferred to the Office of the Public Service Commission and hold senior positions including Senior Assistant Secretary at the Organizational and Recruitment Division; Acting Principal Assistant Secretary and Head of the Commission Support Services Division; and Principal Assistant Secretary and Head of Corporate Services Division
  • 1999: Assistant Secretary for the Human Resource Management and Policy Division at the Establishment Division of the Prime Minister’s Office

Professional Membership

  • Fellow in the East-West Center’s Asia-Pacific Leadership Program based in Hawaii USA in 2008.
  • Member in a number of research associations in Asia and the Pacific.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Administrative, Public Sector and Political Reform (2007), Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan
  • Master of Business Administration (2003) from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Operations Research and Biochemistry (1998), University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Tonga High School Ex-Student, Class of 1988 to 1993.
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