Republic of Kiribati

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration



To meet the objectives of the Republic of Kiribati under the Kiribati Development Plan and to uphold the mission and vision of the Ministry Policy, the Asia Pacific Division was established to oversee the current affairs of the Asia and the Pacific region. To accomplish this, the Division is simply driven by their objective to “CONNECT”.

CONNECT means to Create Opportunities & Network through Negotiations to Establish Close Ties

The Division has diplomatic relations with 31 countries across the globe; 14 countries from the Asian Region (Brunei, Mongolia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore, Maldives, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Peoples Republic of China, Republic of Korea and Japan) and 16 from the Pacific Region (Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Vanuatu, Nauru, Tonga, Niue, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Palau, French Polynesia and ). To learn more about when these diplomatic relations were established, please click here.

In progressing the objectives of the Division, the Ministry recruits 3 staff members to ensure that current diplomatic relations are strengthened as well as establishing new diplomatic relations for the benefit of Kiribati as a whole.

Director: Mr Kautoa Tonganibeia
Biography: Mr Kautoa Tonganibeia has been in the civil service force since 1965? Haha. Prior to joining the MFAI, Kautoa served for 7 years in the Ministry of Environment. He holds a Masters Degree? Or Post-graduate degree? In Marine Science? And ??. With his experiences, he is able to bring to the Ministry expertise

Deputy Director: Mrs Annie Siose

Mrs Annie Siose joined the Ministry in March, 2016; prior to this she worked at a Regional Organisation serving the Pacific Region for 3 years. Although Annie is new to the civil service industry, she is determined to achieve professional standards and promote the Kiribati culture while strengthening as well as establishing diplomatic relations. Annie holds an Undergraduate and Professional Diploma Degree in Law from the University of the South Pacific.

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