ADB appoints Tongan to lead its operation in Cambodia

    A Tongan national was appointed as Asian Development Bank’s director for Cambodia effective February 1.

    Samiuela T. Tukuafu will lead ADB operations in Cambodia to support the country’s development goals of promoting inclusive growth and diversifying the economy.

    He will oversee the implementation of ADB’s Country Partnership Strategy 2014-2018 for Cambodia which is closely aligned to the Government’s Rectangular Strategy for Growth, Employment, Equity and Efficiency, Phase III and the National Strategic Development Plan.

    “Cambodia has achieved remarkable economic growth in recent years despite some unique challenges,” said Mr. Tukuafu.  “I am looking forward to working with the government, private sector, development partners and other stakeholders to help improve the quality of life for all Cambodians.”

    Prior to his appointment as Country Director, Mr. Tukuafu served as Principal Economist in the Director General’s Office of ADB’s Southeast Asia Regional Department (SERD).

    He previously headed the project administration unit in SERD’s Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, and also led operations in financial sector and public financial management.

    During this period, he worked closely with the Kingdom of Cambodia between 2004 and 2012 as project team leader for the re-building of Cambodia’s financial sector and some key public financial management reforms.

    Mr. Tukuafu has held senior positions in the public and private sectors over more than 31 years. Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Tukuafu was Deputy Governor of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga from 1995 to 2000. He also held roles as Manager of Finance and Marketing at the Westpac Bank of Tonga; Senior Auditor at Price Waterhouse (now Price Waterhouse and Coopers) in Fiji; and the Deputy Accountant General and Head of Budget in the Ministry of Finance, Kingdom of Tonga.

    Mr. Tukuafu holds a Master’s degree in Commerce (Banking and Corporate Finance) from the University of New South Wales in Australia. He is married with two children and two grandchildren.

    ADB, headquartered in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members – 48 from the region.


    1. Kuo fili ʻe he Pangikē Langa Fakalakalaka ʻa “Ēsia pe ADB ha tangata Tonga ke hoko ko ʻene talēkita ia ki Kemipōtia kamata ʻi Fepueli ʻaho 1.

      ʻE tataki ʻe Samiuela .T. Tukuafu e ngāue ʻa e ADB ʻi Kemipōtiá ke tokoni ki hono fakalakalakaʻi ʻene ngaahi taumuʻa ngāue he fonuá mo lākai ʻa hono tuʻuaki e tupu fakaʻekonōmiká ʻi he ngaahi founga kehekehe kuó ne fokotuʻutuʻú.

      Ki muʻa ke ne talēkita ko ʻení ne ne hoko ko e Principal Economist ʻi he ʻōfisi ʻo e Talēkita Seniale ʻa e ADB ʻi he Southeast Asia Regional Department (SERD).

      Ne ne ʻuluaki hoko ko e ʻulu ʻo e vaʻa fakangāue ʻa e SERD ʻo tefito ʻi he Public Management, Financial Sector mo e Trade Division peá ne toe tataki foki mo e ngaahi ngāue ki hono levaʻi ʻo e ʻū meʻa fakapaʻangá.

      Lolotonga e vaaʻi taimi ko ʻení ne ne ngāue vāofi mo e puleʻanga fakatuʻi ʻo Kemipōtiá mei he 2004 ki he 2012 ʻo ne hoko ai ko e taki polōseki ʻi hono toe langa ʻo Kemipōtiá.

      Ko e taʻu ʻeni ʻe 31 hono maʻu ʻe Tukuafu ʻa e lakanga māʻolunga ko ʻeni ki he ngāue maʻa e kakaí mo e ngaahi sekitoa taautahá.

      Ki muʻa heʻene ngāue ki he ADB ko e tokoni kōvana seniale ia ʻa e Pangikē Fakafonua ʻa Tongá mei he 1995 ki he 200.

      Ne toe ʻi ai mo hono lakanga ko e pule he tafaʻaki fakapaʻanga ʻa e Pangikē Westpac o Tongá, hoko ko e ʻātita māʻolunga he Price Waterhouse ʻa ia ʻoku ʻiloa he taimí ni ko e Price Waterhouse mo e Coopers ʻi Fisí. Pea ne toe Tokoni ʻAkauniteni Seniale foki mo ʻulu he Vaʻa Patiseti ʻa e Potungāue Paʻanga ʻa Tongá.

      Kuó ne maʻu foki ʻa hono mataʻi tohi Master he Komēsí (Banking mo e Corporate Finance) mei he ʻunivēsiti ʻo Niusauelé ʻi ʻAositelēlia. Kuó ne mali mo e fānau ʻe ua pehē ki he makapuna ʻe toko ua.


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