Milner Tozaka

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The Right Honourable
George Milner Tozaka
MP
Milner Tozaka 2015.jpg
Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade
Assumed office
15 December 2014
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare
Preceded by Clay Forau
Minister for Public Service
In office
December 2007 – 25 August 2010
Prime Minister Derek Sikua
Preceded by ?
Succeeded by Douglas Ete[1]
Minister for Public Service
In office
22 April 2006 – 5 May 2006
Prime Minister Snyder Rini
High Commissioner of Solomon Islands to Australia
In office
2000–2005
Member of Parliament
for North Vella Lavella
Assumed office
5 April 2006
Preceded by Danny Bula
Personal details
Born (1951-10-21) 21 October 1951 (age 65)
Political party Independent, then
People's Alliance Party

George Milner Tozaka[2] OBE, better known as Milner Tozaka, (born 21 October 1951[3]) is a Solomon Islands diplomat and politician.

Education[edit]

After attending the Malanguna Technical College in Papua New Guinea in 1968-1969, he briefly studied at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1970-1971. He later resumed his studies and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji in 1992, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Sociology from the same university the following year.[3]

Career[edit]

He entered government administration in the 1980s, serving as the chairman of the National Disaster Council from 1984 to 1985. In 1988, he began work as a consultant, first for the Public Service Reform Programme, then at the Ministry of Provincial Government. He was appointed chairman of the Provincial Government Review Committee in 1999.

In June 1996, he was appointed an Ordinary Officer of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire, by the Queen of the Solomon Islands Elizabeth II, "for public service".[2]

In 2000, he was appointed High Commissioner for Solomon Islands to Australia, a position which he held until 2005. Upon his return to the Solomons, he entered politics, standing as an independent candidate in the North Vella Lavella constituency at the April 2006 general election. He was elected, and appointed Minister for Public Service in Prime Minister Snyder Rini's short-lived government from April to May. He then served in opposition, until Derek Sikua became Prime Minister in December 2007, whereupon he regained his position as Minister for Public Service.[3] As Minister, he oversaw the Public Service Improvement Programme in coordination with the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. The programme, he said, would "streamline government recruitment, develop a code of conduct for all government workers and provide public servants with the tools to improve public services".[4]

He was returned to Parliament in the August 2010 general election, this time representing the People's Alliance Party. (He saw off five candidates, obtaining 1,225 votes, and a 143-vote lead over his closest opponent.[5]) He was appointed Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade and Shadow Minister for Justice and Legal Affairs in Opposition Leader Steve Abana's Shadow Cabinet.[6]

In November 2011, when Prime Minister Danny Philip lost his parliamentary majority and resigned, Tozaka was the Opposition's candidate to replace him, standing against Gordon Darcy Lilo, a recently sacked government minister.[7] He lost to Lilo, and remained on the Opposition benches.

On 15 December 2014, following a general election, Tozaka was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade by new Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PM Philip name ministers", Island Sun, 27 August 2010
  2. ^ a b Sixth Supplement to the London Gazette, 14 June 1996
  3. ^ a b c Biography on the website of the Parliament of Solomon Islands
  4. ^ "Stronger public service means better government services", RAMSI, 22 July 2008
  5. ^ "Tozaka retains seat", Solomon Star, 7 August 2010
  6. ^ "Abana is new Opposition leader", Solomon Star, 1 September 2010
  7. ^ "PM showdown", Solomon Star, 16 November 2011
  8. ^ "PM Names Cabinet Line Up", Solomon Times, 16 December 2014