Kiniafa Is New PNG Ports MD
Public Enterprise and State Investment Minister Sasindran Muthuvel has announced Fego Ota Kiniafa as the new managing director for PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports).
Mr Kiniafa’s appointment was announced last Monday following a National Executive Council decision for him to be the managing director of PNG Ports for a term of three years commencing January 2020.
PNG Ports chairman Kepas Wali, in congratulating Kiniafa, stated in an official company circular to staff that the NEC and the PNG Ports’ board of directors have the trust and confidence in Mr Kiniafa’s leadership and will continue to support him in managing the affairs of the corporation going forward.
“With the support and commitment of PNG Ports management and staff, Mr Kiniafa will lead this organisation towards achieving its corporate objectives, and to ensure that we continue to provide the best services to our stakeholders across our network,” Mr Wali said.
Mr Wali was appointed as the new chairman in October last year with five other board of directors to serve PNG Ports for a term of three years. Deputy chairman is Harvey Nii of Harvey Nii Lawyers and the others include Murray Woo, Joe Holloway, Douveri Henao and Steven Raphael.
Mr Wali is not new to the maritime business having served as the former chief executive officer of the then PNG Harbours Board (now PNG Ports) previously, as well as on previous PNG Ports board from 2007 to 2011.
Deputy chairman, Mr Nii, is also not new to PNG Ports having been on its board of firectors for the past nine years.
Mr Kiniafa also served PNG Ports as chief commercial officer and chief operating officer previously and recently (beginning of year 2019) as an advisor or consultant to the board and management of PNG Ports, and has been acting in the capacity of the acting managing director position since April last year.
He holds a Masters Degree in International Development Economics from the Australian National University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In accepting the appointment, Kiniafa said that he is looking forward to working closely with the board, management and staff of PNG Ports, to support the Minister in providing improved port facilities across the nation in support of the National Government’s development priorities.
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