Gustav Aitaro, Presidential Nominee for Minister of State

A foreign affairs veteran Gustav Aitaro has been nominated by President Surangel Whipps Jr. for appointment as Minister of State.

The nomination letter was sent to Senate President Hokkons Baules yesterday. In his nomination letter, President Whipps noted that “Mr. Aitaro has faithfully served the National Government in matters related to domestic and foreign affairs for more than two decades.  In that time, he has gained experience with matters of diplomacy and protocol, and possesses the skills necessary to direct the work of the Ministry of State.”

The resume of Mr. Aitaro, attached with the nomination, revealed that he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and has served in many different capacities within the Ministry of State for nearly two decades.  Positions included Administrative Officer of the Ministry of State Office, Foreign Service Officer Division of International Trade and Technical Assistance, Director of Bureau of Foreign Affairs, and his current position as Special Assistant to the Office of the President on Foreign Matters.

Other capacities in which Mr. Aitaro had also served include being a Koror State Legislator from 2006 to 2010 and serving as Political Affairs advisor at Japan Embassy in Palau from 2018 to 2019.

The resume also reflected numerous meetings and trainings Mr. Aitaro had attended representing Palau during his career in foreign affairs.

If his nomination is successful, Mr. Aitaro will become the next Minister of State, a position that Vice President and now Minister of Justice J. Uduch Sengebau-Senior recently occupied.

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