The Honorable Minister Mr. Inia Batikoto SERUIRATU, MSD, psc(j) hails from KUMI, VERATA, TAILEVU and was educated at Ratu Kadavulevu School. Hon. SERUIRATU is currently The Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs. He was sworn into Government under his current portfolio on the 21st of January, 2019.
Prior to his current appointment, Hon. SERUIRATU had served as the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services from 2014 to 2018. He has also served as the Minister of Fisheries and Forests, Provincial Development & National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services in the interim Government of Fiji from 2012 until the General Elections in 2014. Before taking up the Ministerial position in the interim Government, Hon. Seruiratu served as the Commissioner Northern Division from Dec 2007-2012.
Prior to joining Government, the Hon. Minister was an officer within the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. Hon. SERUIRATU joined the Republic of Fiji Military Forces in 1987 and has held several senior military appointments during his term in the RFMF, culminating in his appointment as the Chief of Staff Strategic Plans HQ RFMF and later as Commanding Officer Force Training Group in 2006.
The Hon. Minister had also served in a number of peacekeeping missions abroad including the Multinational Force & Observers (MFO Sinai) for a year, United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for two years, United Nations Iraq/Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM) for a year and Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) for six months. He has also been awarded the MFO Peacekeeping Medal, UNIFIL Peacekeeping Medal, UNIKOM Peacekeeping Medal, Republic of Fiji Medal, Fiji General Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Decoration.
He is a graduate of the New Zealand Command and Staff College and Massey University. The Hon. Minister Inia Batikoto SERUIRATU is married to COL Litea Vulakoro SERUIRATU and they have three children.