Why Ministry of Commerce's top job has been re-advertised

The top job at the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) has been re-advertised.

This was confirmed by the Minister responsible for the Ministry, Lautafi Fio Purcell, who said the decision was made by the Public Service Commission (P.S.C.).

The Minister confirmed that the first call for applications had not attracted as many applicants as they had hoped. 

“The current C.E.O. [Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling] is the only applicant who applied for the C.E.O. position and so the P.S.C. has no choice but to re-advertise the position," said Lautafi.

“This is how these are done when it comes to these matters where the current C.E.O. is the only one that applies for position."

According to the P.S.C. “special advertisement” applications are sought from interested applicants and the closing date for the application process is October 16, 2019. 

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered, the advertisement said. 

The contract is for three years and salary ranges from $115,566-$119,768. 

E-mails to the P.S.C. Commissioner, Aiono Mose Sua, were not answered as of press time. 

Pulotu, a father of six, remains one of the longest-serving public servants with M.C.I.L.; he was appointed as C.E.O. in 2016.  

According to the advertisement for the C.E.O. position candidates must have strategic thinking and articulate a clear vision of the organisation and inspire a sense of shared purpose and direction. 

It is also mandatory the applicant is keen on building and sustaining relationships within the organisation, with the Minister, across the public service, across agencies and with a diverse range of external stakeholders. 

The Ministry says it is also seeking a new leader who displays initiative  and provides impartial and forthright advice and models high standard of ethics and probity in the Ministry amongst other obligations.



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