By Lisa Lahari-Williams - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lobbying for the three Pacific officials nominated for the top fisheries job in the region has reached a new level.
Vanuatu's support for their former Fisheries Director Moses Amos to head the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), has been officially backed by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).
The outcomes of the 21st MSG Leaders Summit confirmed Papua New Guinea, Fiji and the Solomon Islands will also be supporting the Vanuatu bid.
It's a signal Melanesia is serious for a turn at the helm of the agency. The current Director General James Movick of the Federated States of Micronesia completes his six-year term later this year.
James Movick. Photo/ FFA Media.
Each of the 17 member countries of the FFA has a decisive say in the appointment of the director-general.
Amos, currently heading coastal fisheries at the Pacific Community, is in the running against Tonga's choice, Dr. Manu Tupou-Roosen who is the FFA's legal counsel and the first Pacific woman to step up for the job.
The Marshall Islands had made their nomination public as the call for applicants opened up late last year- he is their Attorney-General Dr. Filimoni Manoni, who's previously served on the legal team with forum fisheries.
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