Principal immigration officer Chere Arthur. MFAI/23111618
Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) Mark Brown, confirmed the appointment of Chere Arthur as principal immigration officer earlier this month.
joined MFAI over six years ago as immigration operations manager and has
delivered principal immigration officer responsibilities in an acting capacity
since April this year, a statement from MFAI said.
was the successful applicant in the recent recruitment round for the principal
immigration officer role, MFAI added.
Affairs and Immigration Secretary, Tepaeru Herrmann, said: “The legislative and
operational responsibilities of the principal immigration officer require
public service leaders with sound understanding of the Immigration legislation
and regulations, a patriotic passion for protecting our Cook Islands interests
including supporting inwards entry and stay of those from beyond the Cook
Islands to support our economic and social development priorities, and
relationship management skills across a broad spectrum of diverse community,
national and international stakeholders.”
Arthur had demonstrated those capabilities and commitment in her service
delivery with MFAI to date, having been part of the core Ministry leadership
over the last six years that have driven innovative reforms to the delivery of
MFAI immigration services and cultivated a working environment staff are proud
to be part of, while continuing to cultivate key relationships with the private
sector, inter-government, community, and international partners.”
Amongst Arthur’s key
deliverables as principal immigration officer will be the continued embedding
of the new immigration regulations into the immigration division’s standard
operating procedures and progressing to completion, with support from New
Zealand Immigration and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
(UNCTAD), the upgrade to MFAI’s electronic border management system.