ACEF Speaker

Silaati Filiake Timo

Assistant Secretary,
Ministry of Transport, Energy, Communication And Innovation (MTECI)

"My name is Silati Filiake Timo. I have a Master in Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington in NZ. Currently I’m the Assistant Secretary for the Ministry of Transport, Energy, Communication and Innovation (MTECI). I have the oversight role looking after the Tourism and Energy Department with their administration and operations. With the energy sector I have worked closely with the Energy staff including Tuvalu Electricity Corporation (TEC) to roll out clean energy projects. Tuvalu is a small Island country but heavy relied on fossil fuels, with the various projects such as ESDB which is funded by WB and IAREP funded ABD, Tuvalu is progressing well to achieve its ambition of achieving clean energy by 2030, if not possible by that time, it may go further to 2050. Before holding this role, I was the acting Senior Aid Adviser at the Ministry of Finance basically my main role is to coordinate all ODA coming to Tuvalu. I have met many development partners and negotiate and dialogue to align and harmonize our priorities. Together we can achieve more with wider impacts. I have worked for more than 10 years in the government of Tuvalu holding various senior positions. With the focus now on the energy sector and transition to clean energy, the main renewable energy source in Tuvalu is solar. Given our limited land space and financial constraints, solar is the best option. I thank ADB for its support to the Increasing access to renewable energy project (IAREP). Phase 1 is going well now and phase 2 is coming up as well with the plan to continue to phase 3. With the new government, its priority is to effectively phase out fossil fuels and invest more in renewable energy. I therefore thank my government for its leadership support. It is my hope that we work together with our development partners such as ADB to achieve our ambition and target."


  • Regional Session: Pacific Energy Transition Challenges, Opportunities, and Way Forward