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PROFILE:: Dr. the Hon. Viliami Uasike Latu - Minister for Commerce, Tourism and Labour

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PROFILE

Education

Dr. Viliami Uasike Latu started his primary education at the Nuku'alofa Government Primary School Nuku'alofa then from there to the Free Wesleyan Primary School at Nuku'alofa, GPS Ngele'ia, and GPS Leimatu'a Vava'u before he entered Vava'u High School in 1985. He then attended Tonga High School in 1988 where he completed his secondary education in 1990.

He commenced his education at the tertiary level at the ‘Atenisi University in the Kingdom of Tonga where he graduated with an Associate of Arts (A.A) Degree in 1993 and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) Degree in 1995. He then entered the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1996 where he completed a Graduate Diploma in Arts Degree in 1997 and a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Political Science in 1999. After serving the Civil Service of the Government of Tonga for several years, he continued on to pursue doctoral studies at the Ritsumeiken Asia Pacific University in Japan as a Government of Japan Scholar (MEXT) where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Asia Pacific Studies in 2006.

Parliament History

2010

- First elected to Parliament in the 2010 General Election.
- Appointed as the Hon. Minister of Police, Prison & Fire Services

2011

- Appointed as Minister for Tourism

2012

- Appointed at Minister for Commerce, Tourism and Labour

Employment History

Dr. Viliami Uasike Latu was employed as a High School Teacher at the Mailefihi & Siu'ilikutapu College in the Vava'u group in 1991. In 2000 upon returning from his education abroad, he joined the Prime Minister's Office as Assistant Secretary from 2000-2003. After graduated with a Ph.D. from Japan in 2006, Dr. Latu resumed duty at the Prime Minister's Office as Principal Assistant Secretary from 2006 to 2007. In early 2008, he joined the Ministry of Education, Women Affairs & Culture (MEWAC) as Assistant to the CEO and Public Relations Officer for the Ministry before being appointed as Clerk of the House/CEO of the Legislative Assembly of the Kingdom of Tonga in May the same year, 2008.

Ministerial Portfolios

1 January 2011 - Appointed as the Minister of Police, Prisons, and Fire Service.

31 August 2011 -Minister for Tourism after His Majesty's Cabinet underwent re-assignment of 5 ministerial portfolios in August 2011

June  2012 - Minister for Commerce, Tourism and Labour after former Minister for Labour, Commerce and Industries resigned.


ENDS

Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2012

 

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