Monise Laafai

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Monise Laafai
Monise Laafai - ITU Telecom World 2016 - Ministerial Roundtable (25363407029) (cropped).jpg
Monise Laafai at the ITU Telecom World 2016
Minister for Communications
and Transport
Assumed office
5 August 2013
Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga
Preceded by Kausea Natano
Minister of Finance
In office
29 September 2010 – 24 December 2010
Prime Minister Maatia Toafa
Preceded by Lotoala Metia
Succeeded by Lotoala Metia
Member of the Tuvaluan Parliament
for Nanumaga
Assumed office
16 September 2010
Preceded by Otinielu Tausi
Personal details
Political party Independent

Monise Laafai is a Tuvaluan politician and businessman.

He stood for Parliament for the first time at the 2010 general election, and was elected MP for the constituency of Nanumaga.[1] [2] He supported Maatia Toafa's successful bid for the premiership, and was subsequently appointed to Cabinet, as Minister of Finance.[3][4] He lost office just three months later, when Toafa's government was brought down by a motion of no confidence.[5]

Laafai is also General Manager of the Tuvalu Co-operative Society,[6] a position he has held since the late 1990s.[7] He was also chef de mission of the Tuvaluan delegation to the 2007 Pacific Games in Samoa.[8]

On 5 August 2013 Monise Laafai was appointed Minister for Communications and Transport in the government following Enele Sopoaga becoming prime minister.[9]


  1. ^ "Current Members (including Ministers and Private Members)". The Parliament of Tuvalu. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tuvalu Election Results", Tuvalu News, 16 September 2010
  3. ^ "New-look government for Tuvalu". Radio New Zealand International. 29 September 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "New Tuvalu PM Maatia Toafa names cabinet", ABC Radio Australia, 29 September 2010
  5. ^ "Willie Telavi the new prime minister in Tuvalu". Radio New Zealand International. 24 December 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Competition forces redundancy for Tuvalu’s largest wholesale and retail outlet", Pacific Islands News Association, 5 March 2010
  7. ^ "Field Investigation in Funafuti, Tuvalu", Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission, February 1998
  8. ^ "Tuvalu flag raised", Tuvalu News, 25 August 2007
  9. ^ "Enele Sopoaga Sworn-in Today as Tuvalu's New PM". Islands Business. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.