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Samiuela T. Tukuafu named new ADB Cambodia country director

Staff writer | Phnom Penh, Cambodia | February 8, 2016
Samiuela T. TukuafuFebruary 8, 2016, Phnom Penh, Cambodia - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed a new country director for Cambodia, Samiuela T. Tukuafu, effective February 1, 2016.
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 replaces Eric Sidgwick, who has been appointed Country Director for ADB’s Resident Mission in Viet Nam.