National AIDS Council chairman Sir Peter Barter today (Wednesday, May 12, 2010) announced the appointment of Wep Kanawi as director of the National AIDS Council Secretariat (NACS).
The announcement was made following the National Executive Council’s recent decision to appoint long-serving public servant Kanawi as NACS director in its third meeting of 2010, making the appointment effective as of May 4, 2010.
Mr Kanawi has been NACS acting director since July 2009.
“I am delighted that Wep (Kanawi) has now joined us as director of NACS,” Sir Peter said.
“I would also like to thank the Government for the endorsement and the Minister for Health and HIV and AIDS Sasa Zibe for his high level support.
“Wep (Kanawi) is bringing a wealth of both academic and public service experience to the post and will continue to rebuild NACS credibility and develop strong and effective partnerships with all stakeholders.”
Before joining NACS, Mr Kanawi was formerly the provincial administrator for Manus province and the chairman of the provincial AIDS committee.
He has worked in the public service since the 1960s and has been appointed by the Government of PNG to head several focal Government Departments including the National Investment Development Authority, Department of Commerce, Department of Industrial Development, Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Personnel Management.
Mr. Kanawi also graduated with a law degree from the
MrKanawi is thankful of his appointment: “I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and I am honored by my appointment and I will do my best for the country and my people.”