Financial Secretary Office News

Financial Secretary Office News

Vacancy: Treasurer

The Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) is seeking a leadership professional for the position of Treasurer, Revenue Management Division (RMD). who will report directly to the Financial Secretary. 

The ideal candidate will be a strong, influential leader with:

  • an understanding of Cook Islands tax and customs system and a passion for improving community outreach and the ability to demonstrate cultural awareness in all their actions; 
  • excellent stakeholder relationship skills and the ability to work collaboratively with the private sector and Government agencies to provide an exceptional client experience and deliver contemporary, professional and efficient outcomes; 
  • the ability to inspire and develop the people they lead, by managing performance and actively seeking relevant development opportunities and promoting a culture of continuous improvement; and
  • sound understanding of the nature and operations of the public sector, and strong communications skills

In addition, experience in working in small island economies and familiarity with the Tax Information Exchange Agreements and the BEPS Inclusive Framework and other international tax related agreements, would be an advantage. 

We offer a competitive remuneration package including allowances and superannuation, plus relocation costs. 

To obtain more information, including position description and remuneration, or the application process, please go to or email Applications close at 3.00pm Friday 30 June 2017.


Vacancy: Economic Analyst

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management as the economic analyst. This position reports to the Economic Policy Advisor, the successful applicant will be required to undertake economic forecasting and analysis, and assist in policy development across government. A Bachelor’s Degree in Economics or an equivalent field is required for this position. 

For a detailed job description visit the MFEM website:, or request an e-copy from To be considered, applicants must have the required qualifications and skills.
To apply, email your CV and covering letter to or post your application to Financial Secretary, PO Box 120 Rarotonga. Applications close 4pm 8 June 2017.

PRESS RELEASE: 20th Forum Economic Ministers’ Meeting

The Cook Islands at the occasion of the 20th Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) 3 – 6 April 2017, was actively involved in the deliberations which focused on ‘Finances for development solutions’ within our region.

The delegation headed by Minister of Finance, Honourable Mark Brown and accompanied by Financial Secretary Mr Garth Henderson and Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative Ms Nukutau Pokura; attended the meeting which began with the Forum Economic Officials Meeting (FEOM), joint dialogue with Private Sector and Civil Society with officials and Minister, and thereafter the Economic Ministers Meeting proper.

At the presentation of the Regional SDGs Roadmap to the meeting, Minister Brown conveyed an intervention highlighting the greater need and attention for FEMM to support and resource the implementation of the SIS Strategic Plan with special focus on tasking the Forum Secretariat to mobilize further resources towards the SIS Attachment programme specifically.  This intervention was also supported by other SIS countries around the meeting table.

Ministers and officials expressed concerns of the difficulty in accessing finances globally for development and stressed the need for global development partners particularly the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank Group (WBG) to expand on their definition of vulnerability and fragility from conflict crisis to include natural disasters and climate change impacts.  The potential positive impacts on Forum Island countries (FICs) due to the expansion of the definition can include but is not limited to, increased and easier access to overseas development assistance (ODA). 

For the first time in the history of FEMM a joint dialogue with the Private Sector and Civil Society, and Economic Ministers and officials was conducted, to which the Ministers positively acknowledged the contribution of non-state actors (NSAs) to economic development on a domestic level.  A call for greater engagement and involvement of Private Sector and CSO in development at all level was expressed passionately.

“The two keys messages that came out of the meeting were firstly, climate finance as an integral component of financing for development and secondly the traditional measures of assessing the vulnerability of countries must be expanded to include the high exposure of countries to natural disasters and other factors such as poor economies of scale” says Minister Brown.

Meetings of the Economic Ministers will occur on an annual basis at the Forum Secretariats headquarters in Suva, Fiji.  However, should a member country wish to host the meeting they may do so, the Republic of Palau has request to host the 2018 FEMM which was accepted by the Ministers.

For access to the FEMM Action Plan 2017, refer to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat website,, or contact Ministry of Finance & Economic Management and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration.