FORMER Ambassador to the European Union Isaac Lupari has been appointed as Chief Secretary to the Government, replacing Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc.

Mr O’Neill said Mr Lupari had the experience and capability to advance reforms implemented by Sir Manasupe and to guide Government in the face of a challenging global environment.

“The Chief Secretary to Government is the most important position in our public service, and Ambassador Lupari will be instrumental in taking the government to the next level in a changing global economy,” he said.

“Our country, like many other commodity exporting nations, has to deal with a number of challenges and we need ongoing strong leadership in the Government bureaucracy.”

“We need strong and capable management in our public service and Ambassador Lupari will lead by example.”

Mr Lupari has previously served as the Chief of Staff of the Office of Prime Minister and is a previous Chief Secretary.

Mr O’Neill also thanked Sir Manasupe for his leadership of the public service in Papua New Guinea and for the people of Morobe.

“Leaders of the caliber of Sir Manasupe are rare and it has been an honour to work with this outstanding Papua New Guinean,” he said.

“In particular, strengthening service delivery at the local level through District Development Authorities has been an outstanding achievement of Sir Manasupe as Chief Secretary.”

“Sir Manasupe embraced the vision of District Development Authorities and his work has changed lives as decision-making has been returned to the people.”

“After decades of commitment to the people of Papua New Guinea, we thank Sir Manasupe for his service to our nation and extend our best wishes for his retirement,” Mr O’Neill said.