Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Fiji
Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, currently the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, commenced his professional career in 1971. He stated with a humble beginning as a Management Trainee at the New Zealand Insurance company for five years. In the subsequent 10 year period till 1987, Minister Kubuabola had progressed as Assistant Manager for the New Zealand Insurance Suva Branch and went on to becoming the General Secretary of the Bible Society in the South Pacific.
Minister Kubuabola’s political career began in 1987 and since then he has been one of the most prominent, experienced and long-standing person in Fiji’s politics. Ratu Inoke’s caliber of leadership is evident from the many Ministerial positions which he had held in the last three decades. He began his political career as the Minister for Information in 1987. He has also held several other portfolio’s as Minister including Minister for Information, Broadcasting, Television and Telecommunications, Minister for Youth, Employment and Sports, Minister for Regional Development and Multi Ethnic Affairs, Minister for Works and Energy and current Minister for Foreign Affairs. In addition to this Minister Kubuabola is a seasoned diplomat as well. He has served as Fiji’s Ambassador to Japan and Papua New Guinea.
Aside from his successful political and diplomatic career, Minister Kubuabola has also been actively involved in social work. He has held several key positions in various religious and service organizations since 1983. These include inter alia, being the Chairman of Fiji Baptist Church, Chairman of Fiji Council of Churches, Chairman of Board of Prisons Fellowship of Fiji and Chairman of the Elders Boroko Baptist Church in Papua New Guinea.
Minister Kubuabola is happily married to Jiu Kubuabola and has a son, two daughters and three grandchildren.