Top Public Servant and Ambassador Gabriel Dusava turned 70 years old recently and his family threw him a surprise birthday party in Port Moresby.
Amongst the estimated 300 invited guests that turned up to celebrate his 70 years of life was Governor of New Ireland Province, Sir Julius Chan.
Sir J had only praise for Ambassador Dusava, calling him a man of principle, which earned him the trust of five different Prime Ministers whom he served including the late Sir Michael Somare, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, Paias Wingti, Peter O’Neill and Sir J himself.
Ambassador Dusava since then has become a close friend and confidante of Sir J.
Recalling his career, Ambassador Dusava recalls and has been put on record, stating his most challenging time was at the height of the Sandline Crises, when Sir J was the Prime Minister.
Over the years, Sir J and Ambassador Dusava have shared a close working relationship and in February 2019 he was invited by Sir J to speak during a Public service seminar in Kavieng.
In his address, Ambassador Dusava told the public servants to really assess their worth, whether they are actually performing to their fortnight’s pay or to the expectation of the job. He said back during their time it took them up to five years to get a promotion.
“And after that there was no looking back because the foundation was already there. Do not ask for your promotions first when you are not even due for it, build your experience make sure the bosses recognize you. I served five Prime Ministers they found it very difficult to remove me as Foreign Affairs secretary because I did nothing wrong.”
Mr. Gabriel Dusava has served as the Former Foreign Affairs Secretary and Ambassador to Brussels and Japan.