The newly-appointed director for economic planning Tristan Metcalfe, left, congratulated by Financial Secretary Garth Henderson. Picture: MFEM/22091111
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) has appointed senior macroeconomist Tristan Metcalfe as the new director for economic planning.
role had been vacant since January 28 after the controversial resignation of
former director Dr Willem Ysbrand Borren (Pim) following reports of internal
rift between him and senior MFEM officials.
a statement posted on its Facebook page last week, MFEM said Metcalfe brings to
the role extensive experience in Cook Islands’ economic and fiscal policy, and
a robust academic background in economics.
his previous role as MFEM’s senior macroeconomist, Metcalfe was heavily
involved in the design and implementation of the Cook Islands Economic Response
Plan (ERP) and subsequent Economic Recovery Roadmap (ERR), as well as
contributing to the Economic Development Strategy 2030, the statement said.
has a strong understanding of the importance of Public Financial Management in
the context of the Cook Islands contributing to numerous Budgets and Half-Year
Economic and Fiscal Updates (HYEFU). From 2020, Tristan has been responsible
for producing economic and tax revenue forecasts.”
congratulating Metcalfe, Financial Secretary Garth Henderson said: “In my time
working with Tristan I have found him to be impressive in his ability and
willingness to work collaboratively with staff from other government agencies
and our private sector stakeholders, in particular as we engaged more
intensively during Covid-19. This is a critical skillset for MFEM as we all
work together to support a fast and furious recovery.”
statement said throughout his time with MFEM, Metcalfe has demonstrated strong
leadership and management abilities, and has contributed to developing junior
staff members’ technical and non-technical skills in the Economic Planning
personal skills and attributes make him well-placed to manage and represent the
team within MFEM and the broader government context.”