The post has been offered to Justice Catherine Davani of the PNG National and Supreme Courts.
Pato said that the High Commission in Honiara had been plagued with controversy for several years, which had brought disrepute and tarnished the image of PNG.
Justice Davani has had 28 years of legal experience in PNG and was appointed as a judge in 2001 after practicing law at both the public and private bar for 18 years, mostly in the civil litigation area.
During her career, she has shown a keen interest in the development of the law and how it can or should change to suit PNG’s needs.
She was a member of the Council of the PNG Law Society for 10 years and is also is president of the PNG Judicial Women’s Association.
She has sat on major trials both in the National and Supreme Court and deliberated on major decisions affecting the political and social lifestyle. She presently also serves on the Court of Arbitration for Sport which has its seat in Lausanne, Switzerland.