Jone Usamate

Jone Usamate

Usamate at the Australian Embassy in Suva, December 2016.
Minister for Employment Opportunities, Productivity and Industrial Relations
Assumed office
25 September 2014
Personal details
Born (1962-04-02) 2 April 1962
Nationality Fijian
Political party FijiFirst
Children Four children
Religion Christianity

Jone Usamate (born 2 April 1962, in Suva) is a Fijian politician, who is currently serving as Minister for Employment Opportunities, Productivity and Industrial Relations, in the current Fijian government.

Usamate studied at the Suva Infant School, Veiuto Primary, Levuka Public and the then Kalabu Fijian before attending Lelean Memorial School from 1974 to 1979. He studied at the University of the South Pacific and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in administration and economics as well as a Masters of Arts in management from Southern Cross University[1]

He was the Chief Executive Officer for the Training and Productivity Authority of Fiji (TPAF) and was the Director for Technical and Vocational Education and Training at the Fiji National University.

In February 2012, he was appointed a Minister and sworn in by Fiji’s President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau at Government House, Suva.[2]

He stood for Fiji First in the 2014 general elections. He collected 939 votes and was elected as a Member of Parliament.[3] He returned as a Government minister and left the Labour and Industrial Relations Ministry to become the Minister for Health. In September 2016, he was part of a cabinet shuffle and was moved to the Ministy for Employment Opportunities, Productivity and Industrial Relations.


  1. "PDirector Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) – Mr Jone Usamate". Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  2. "PACNEWS - Regional news". Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  3. "2014 Election Results". Fiji Elections Office. Retrieved 2014-09-23.

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