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As Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries agency (FFA’s) Deputy Director General Wez Norris prepares to wrap up his final Tuna Commission meeting in Manila today, the announcement of his successor has been made.
Director General James Movick confirmed the appointment of Matthew Hooper of New Zealand to the position of Deputy Director General of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), commencing during the first half of 2018.
Hooper, who spent part of his childhood in Tokelau, and began his career in New Zealand fisheries in 1996, has been serving with the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as the Counsellor (Primary Industries) and Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), based at the New Zealand Embassy in Rome.
In making the announcement from Manila, where the FFA delegation is supporting Pacific nations to the annual Pacific Tuna Commission (WCPFC) meetings, DG Movick says the incoming deputy brings significant experience in Pacific tuna fisheries, including the WCPFC, to the role. He says the selection committee were impressed by Hooper’s experience in leading inter-agency and multi-disciplinary teams in both national and international negotiations and advocacy at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels, and, like his predecessor, an open and collaborative relationship management style suited to FFA’s multi-cultural setting.
The Director General, who will complete his six year term at the helm of the agency later next year, paid tribute to the quality and standard of service to Pacific fisheries led by his Deputy.
“The contribution and impact made by Deputy Director-General Norris during his time with the agency has been lasting and impressive, and the extraordinary level of service from Wez to the organisation, and our members, is well-recognised,” says DG Movick.
“As he completes his final Tuna Commission in his pivotal role with the FFA team, I know our forum fisheries committee officials, leaders, development partners and stakeholders will similarly join me in welcoming the incoming Deputy Director, said Movick.
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