The new Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Mr John Wasi is impressed by the ongoing preparations toward the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts.

The Festival will take place from July 1-14 under the theme "Culture in Harmony with Nature".

During a visit to the Festival Secretariat today, Mr Wasi said he is pleased with the amount of preparations so far - adding that he is confident that the National Organising Committee will make this festival one of our success stories.

Mr Wasi's visit was part of his introductory visits to various divisions within the Ministry of Culture and Tourism following his appointment last week.

"I am really impressed and confident that all the efforts of the FOPANOC will make this important event one of our success stories," Mr Wasi said.

While acknowledging that festival preparations has been running against time, Mr Wasi has pledged his support towards the FOPNOC by ensuring that the most pressing issues are his top priorities.

"I wish to assure you that I will ensure that all urgent matters facing FOPANOC will be prioritised," he said.

Welcoming Mr Wasi's pledge, Festival Director Robert Au said his team is pleased with the commitment made by the new Permanent Secretary.

"This is encouraging for us because we trust that our Permanent Secretary will assist us sort out some pressing issues," Mr Au said.

Mr Wasi was a diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prior to his posting to the Ministry of Police and National Security and Correctional Services as Permanent Secretary on special duties.

He said he is pleased to be posted to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and is prepared to take on his new challenge.