Fiji’s envoy to Australia Ajay Bhai Amrit was the top candidate in the list of applicants for the position, says Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka.
Amrit, who replaced senior civil servant and newly appointed diplomat, David Kolitagane is also a founding member of the Poeples Alliance Party.
Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sitiveni Rabuka made the revelations when asked about Amrits appointment.
Rabuka ends speculations that came with Amrit’s appointment last September, the Prime Minister confirmed that Amrit had applied for the position, went through the process set by the Public Service Commission and was recommended by the PSC to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Rabuka said as Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, due process was undertaken by the PSC, which he then approved as the Minister.
“I said ok! Sometimes the best candidate is not necessarily the top candidate; you can have the qualification but not be the suitable person for the job.”
“The work entails a lot of diplomacy, the ability to interact with other diplomats and have the ability to see the country’s interest, where you’re chosen to serve. Also, the ability to collectively see the view of the international community or diaspora and channel them to the interests of all Fijians and Fiji,” the Prime Minister said.
Last September, Amrit was commissioned to serve as Fiji’s High Commissioner to Australia, by His Excellency the President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere.