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CABINET RELEASE (English and Samoan)

1. World Toilet Day 2015
Cabinet has approved the commemoration of World Toilet Day with a National Toilet Day 2015 programme on Thursday 19 November 2015.

The event will take place at the Samoa Tourism grounds at Eleele Fou.

The theme for this year is “Toilet First, Sanitation for All”. The focus is promotion and emphasis on building toilets according to Government’s set standards and guidelines.

Reports of surveys already conducted confirmed that negligence in meeting the required general hygienic standards and toilet construction standards has affected the public’s health and the environment.

This initiative by Government aims for more collaboration between Ministries, businesses, women’s committees, village mayors and women representatives from villages, schools and youth groups to share the message in emphasising a healthy and clean Samoa through prioritising the importance of toilets.

The programme on Thursday will include a keynote address by Prime Minister, Susuga Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi; official launching of Togitogiga and Tiavea Garden Toilets; poetry competition; skits competition and displays to highlight this year’s theme.

Faamanatuina o le Aso Faapitoa mo Faleui i le Lalolagi
Ua faamaonia e le Kapeneta le polokalame mo le faamanatuina o le Aso Faapitoa mo Faleui i le Lalolagi i totonu o Samoa  i le Aso Tofi 19 o Novema 2015.

O lenei fuafuaga o le a faatinoina i le malae o le Pulega o Tagata Tafafao Maimoa mai Fafo i le Eleele Fou.

O le autu o lenei tausaga o le,”Faataua faleui mo le tumama lautele”. O le faamoemoe ina ia faalauiloa atili le taua o le ave o le faamuamua i le fausia lelei o faleui e tusa ai ma taiala a le Malo ua uma ona tuufaatasia.

Ua faamaonia i suesuega le tele o le afaina o le soifua maloloina ma le siosiomaga ona o le faatamala i le Tumama Lautele ma le tulaga o faleui.

O lenei fuafuaga a le Malo e faamoemoe i le galulue faatasi o Matagaluega a le Malo, kamupani, komiti a tina ma tamaitai, sui o nuu, aoga ma autalavou e momoli se feau e faatauaina ai le mama o Samoa e ala lea i le ave o le faamuamua i le faataua o faleui.

O le polokalame i le Aso Tofi e aofia ai le faia e le Afioga i le Alii Palemia o le saunoaga autu o le aso; tatala aloaia o faleui a le Malo i Togitogiga ma Tiavea; tatala aloaia o Maliega mo Suavai Lafoai; Tauvaga solo e faatatau i le autu o le aso; tauvaga faatinoga o tala pupuu ma faaaliga.

2. Samoa to host Commonwealth Women Affairs Ministerial Meeting
Cabinet has approved Samoa’s hosting of the 11th Commonwealth Women Affairs Ministerial Meeting 2016, to be conducted on 5 – 9 September next year.

Side meetings planned during this time include:
The Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action for Gender Equality 2005 – 2015 Monitoring Group;
Senior Officials Meeting;
Partners Forum.

The Government of Samoa and the Commonwealth Secretariat will partner in coordinating the meeting.

This biennial meeting was previously held in Bangladesh on June 2013, in which Samoa participated.

Talimalo Samoa i Fono a Minisita o Tina ma Tamaitai o Malo o le Taupulega
Ua faamaonia e le Kapeneta le Talimalo ai o Samoa i le Fono Lona 11 a Minisita o Tina ma Tamaitai o Malo o le Taupulega 2016, lea e faia i le aso 5 – 9 o Setema o le tausaga fou.

O le a usuia faatasi i le taimi o lea fono isi fono e aofia ai:

Fono a le Komiti a Malo o le Taupulega e tuliloaina le faatinoga o Fuafuaga mo le Ausia o Avanoa Tutusa mo Alii ma Tamaitai 2005 – 2015;
Fono a Faauluuluga o Matagaluega o Tina ma Tamaitai;
Fono mo le Faamausaliina o Faapaaga.

O le a galulue faatasi le Malo o Samoa ma le Ofisa Faafailautusi o Malo o le Taupulega mo le tapenaina o lenei fono.

E ta’ilua tausaga ma faia lenei fono, lea na faia i Bangladesh ia Iuni o le 2013, lea foi sa auai le usugafono a Samoa.

3. Village Beautification prizegiving
Cabinet has approved the programme for the Village Beautification prizegiving on Thursday 10 December 2015.

The prizegiving for Upolu and Savaii at Tooa Salamasina Hall marks the work achieved by villages under the Samoa National Beautification Programme for 2015.

This programme – by the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development – aims to further strengthen the beautifying of villages and also maintaining of general hygienic standards in the country.

Samoa hosted some major events this year which included the All Blacks and Manu Samoa Test Match in July and the Commonwealth Ministers Meeting – Youth Commonwealth Games in September. The support from alii and faipule, women’s committees and villagers were noted in beautifying Samoa for these events.

Laugatogi mo le Faamatagofieina o Afioaga
Ua faamaonia e le Kapeneta le polokalame mo le Laugatogi mo le Faamatagofieina o Afioaga lea e faia i le Aso Tofi 10 Tesema 2015.

O le taualuga lea o galuega a afioaga i lalo o le Polokalame o le Faamatagofieina o Samoa 2015, ma o le a faatinoina faatasi ma le laugatogi mo Upolu ma Savaii i le Maota o Tooa Salamasina i Sogi.

O lenei polokalame a le Matagaluega o Tina ma Tamaitai, Afioaga ma Agafesootai, o taumafaiga ina ia saga unaia ai pea le faamatagofieina o alalafaga aemaise o le tausisia o le tumama lautele i totonu o le atunuu.

O le tausaga lenei na talimalo ai Samoa i le Taaloga a le Olopeleki ma le Manu Samoa i le masina o Iulai faapea ma le Fono a Minista o le Taupulega ma Taaloga a Tupulaga Talavou o le Taupulega lea na faia ia Setema. Na maitauina le tuufaatasi o le lagolago a alii ma faipule o afioaga, komiti a tina ma tamaitai faapea ma le malosi o nuu ma afioaga mo le faamatagofieina o Samoa mo nei taligamalo.

4. Appointment of Chief Executive Officers for six Government Ministries
Cabinet has approved the appointment of Chief Executive Officers for six Government Ministries for the next three years.

These Ministries include the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (MPMC); Ministry for Revenue (MOR); Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT); Ministry of Finance (MOF), Ministry of Works Transport and Infrastructure (MWTI) and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT).

Two CEOs have been reappointed to their previous posts. They are the CEOs for the Ministry of Finance (MOF), Afioga Lavea Tupaimatuna Iulai Lavea and for the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), Afioga Tuaimalo Asamu Ah Sam.

The other four Ministries have been assigned new Chief Executive Officers. These appointments will become effective on 1st January 2016:

Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (MPMC), Tofa Agafili Tomaimanō Shem Leo;
Ministry for Revenue (MOR), Susuga Avalisa Viali Fautuaalii;
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), Afioga Peseta Noumea Simi;
Ministry of Works Transport and Infrastructure (MWTI), Susuga Su’a Poumulinuku Onesemo;

Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (MPMC)
Tofa Agafili Shem Leo is currently the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Assistant Chief Executive Officer (ACEO) for the Cabinet Secretariat.

Tofa Agafili is 36 years of age and holds a Master of Arts in Governance, a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies and a Bachelor of Education in Geography from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. He also holds a Secondary Trained Teachers Teacher’s Certificate.

Agafili’s service for the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet started in 2007 as a Principal Whole of Society Analyst – Security and Environment, before being selected as ACEO for the Cabinet Secretariat in 2010. Tofa Agafili has also served in the Senior Teacher position in Geography/ Social Science at Samoa College from 2002 to 2004.

The new CEO has coordinated and participated in many trainings, seminars and conferences locally and internationally.

Tofa Agafili is one of the Leaders of the Vailoa Christian Bible Study. He hails from the villages of Salailua, Tufulele and Amaile. He is married with two children.

Ministry for Revenue
Susuga Avalisa Viali Fautuaalii is currently the ACEO for Taxpayer Services in the Ministry of Revenue.

Mrs Fautualii is 48 years of age and holds an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management from the University of New England, a Bachelor of Commerce from the National University of Samoa and a BA in Economics Management from USP, Fiji. Mrs Fautuaalii is a Certified Public Accountant in the Samoa Institute of Accountants.

Her employment history started with the Inland Revenue Department in 1992. She became an ACEO for the Technical Division in 1998, and has continued to serve in various divisions within the Ministry until her recent appointment as CEO.

Mrs Fautuaalii is currently the Secretary of the Samoa College Old Pupils Association, Inc. She hails from the villages of Vailele, Fogapoa, Levi Saleimoa, Avao , Vaimoso and Laulii. She is a member of the Catholic Church at Laulii.  She is married with six children.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Afioga Peseta Noumea Simi is the current ACEO for the Ministry of Finance for Aid Coordination Debt Management, a position she has held since 2003.

Afioga Peseta holds a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Management and an Advanced Diploma of Business Management from the University of New England in Australia.

Afioga Peseta previously served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Assistant Secretary Aid – Economic from 1988 to 2003; served in the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as Head of Rural Development Programme from 1986 to 1988 and as an Executive Secretary of the Women’s Advisory Committee from 1979 to 1986. She was also a lecturer at the University of the South Pacific School of Agriculture (Biochemistry) – Food Processing Lab in 1978 to 1979.

Peseta has coordinated and been affiliated in many Government development programmes and projects as well as compiled and written many publications for the Government.

She is the President of the Samoa Netball Association; a member of the Women Advisory Committee and is a practicing translator of both Samoan and English.

Afioga Peseta hails from the villages of Pu’apu’a, Lalomalava, Sapapalii and Vaivase Uta. She and her family attend the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa at Fagalii. She and her late husband have four children.

Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure
The newly appointed CEO for this Ministry, Susuga Su’a Poumulinuku Onesemo is currently the ACEO for the Planning and Urban Management Agency under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Susuga Su’a holds a Master of Engineering Science (Civil Engineering) and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics with Statistics and Physics) from the University of the South Pacific, Secondary Trained Teachers Certificate and a Diploma in Education.

Su’a has worked in his professional field both locally and overseas since 2002. He also served as a teacher in Samoa from 1994 to 1999.

The new CEO for MWTI hails from the villages of Tufuiopa, Fasitoouta and Vavau Lotofaga. He is a Lay Preacher for the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa in Sydney but is currently a member of the CCCS at Leufisa. He is married with one child.

Tofiga o Ofisa Sili o Pulega mo Matagaluega e ono a le Malo
Ua faamaonia e le Kapeneta le tofiga mo Ofisa Sili o Pulega mo nisi o Matagaluega e ono a le Malo, mo le isi tolu tausaga o lumanai.

O nei tofiga e aofia ai le Matagaluega o le Palemia ma le Kapeneta; Matagaluega o Tupe Maua; Matagaluega o le Vaifafo ma Fefaatauaiga; Matagaluega o Tupe; Matagaluega o Galuega Felauaiga ma Atinae Eseese ma le Matagaluega o Fesootaiga ma Faamatalaga Tekonolosi.

E lua Matagaluega ua toe tofia i ai Ofisa Sili o Pulega sa seei ai talu ai, o le Matagaluega o Tupe lea ua toe tofia ai le Afioga ia Lavea Tupaimatuna Iulai Lavea ma le Matagaluega o Fesootaiga ma Faamatalaga Tekonolosi lea ua toe tulai ai le Afioga ia Tuaimalo Asamu Ah Sam.

O isi Matagaluega e fa lea ua i ai tofiga fou mo Ofisa Sili o Pulega. O le a amata aloaia ia tofiga i le aso muamua o Ianuari 2016:

Matagaluega o le Palemia ma le Kapeneta lea ua tofia ai le Afioga ia Agafili Shem Leo;

Matagaluega o Tupe Maua lea ua tofia ai le Susuga ia Avalisa Viali Fautuaalii;

Matagaluega o le Vaifafo ma Fefaatauaiga lea ua tofia ai le Afioga ia Peseta Noumea Simi;

Matagaluega o Galuega, Felauaiga ma Atinae Eseese lea ua tofia ai le Afioga ia Su’a Poumulinuku Onesemo.

Matagaluega o le Palemia ma le Kapeneta
E tofia nei le Tofa Agafili Tomaimanō Shem Leo e avea ma Ofisa Sili o Pulega o le Matagaluega, o lo o avea o ia ma Ofisa Sili Lagolago i totonu o le Matagaluega a le Palemia ma le Kapeneta i le Vaega o le Ofisa Faafailautusi a le Kapeneta.

Ua 36 nei tausaga o le soifua o le Tofa ia Agafili, ma o lo o ia umia le Faailoga Maualuga o le Master of Arts in Governance mai le Iunivesite o le Pasefika i Saute i Fiti, Faailoga o le Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies faapea ma le Bachelor of Education in Geography mai lea lava Iunivesite. O lo o ia umia foi le Tusi Pasi Faafaiaoga mo Aoga Maualuluga.

Sa amata galue le Tofa Agafili i totonu o le Matagaluega o le Palemia ma le Kapeneta mai le tausaga 2007 i se tulaga tofi Sinia Maualuga ma tofia ai i le tulaga Ofisa Sili Lagolago i le tausaga 2010 seia oo mai i le taimi nei. Na galue foi o ia o se Faiaoga i le Kolisi o Samoa mai le tausaga 2002 i le 2004.

E tele isi aoaoga ma fono sa auai le Tofa Agafili i totonu o Samoa ma atunuu i fafo ma sa i ai foi lona sao i tapenaga o nisi o fono tetele sa faia mai i totonu o le atunuu ma le Pasefika.

O le Tofa Agafili o lo o umia le Tofi Taitai i totonu o le Vailoa Christian Bible Study. O ona afioaga o Salailua i Savaii, Tufulele ma Amaile. Ua faaipoipo ma e toalua o laua alo.

Matagaluega o Tupe Maua
O le Susuga a Avalisa Viali Fautuaalii o lo o avea nei ma Ofisa Sili Lagolago i le Matagaluega o Tupe Maua i le Vaega Auaunaga mo le Au Totogi Lafoga.

Ua 48 tausaga o le soifua o Avalisa, ma o lo o ia umia Faailoga Maualuluga o le Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Business mai le Iunivesite o New England faapea Faailoga Tikeri o le Commerce mai le Iunivesite Aoao o Samoa ma le BA (Economics Management) mai le Iunivesite o le Pasefika i Saute i Fiti. O le Susuga ia Avalisa o se Tausitusi Faamauina i totonu o Samoa.

Na amata galue ai le Susuga ia Avalisa i le Matagaluega o Tupe Maua i le tausaga 1992, ma o le tausaga 1998 na uluai tofia ai i le tulaga o le Ofisa Sili Lagolago e o’o mai i le taimi nei.

E tele isi galuega faapea fono ma aoaoga faapitoa na auai Avalisa i totonu o Samoa faapea atunuu i fafo.

O le Susuga Avalisa o lo o avea nei ma failautusi o le Sosaiete o Tama ma Teine Tuai o le Kolisi o Samoa. O ona afioaga o Vailele, Fogapoa, Levi Saleimoa, Avao , Vaimoso ma Laulii. O lo o tautua nei i le Ekalesia Katoliko i Laulii. Ua faaipoipo, ma e toaono o laua alo.

Matagaluega o le Vaifafo ma Fefaatauaiga
O le Afioga ia Peseta Noumea Simi e tofia nei o lo o seei i le tulaga Ofisa Sili Lagolago i le Matagaluega o Tupe i le Vaega mo le Puleaina ma le Faasoasoaina o Fesoasoani lea na amata galuega ai mai le tausaga 2003.

O le Afioga ia Peseta e umia Faailoga Maualuluga o le Masters of Business Administration mai le Iunivesite o New England i Ausetalia faapea Tipeloma ma Tusi Pasi Maualuluga i Tulaga Tau Pulega.

Na galue foi le Afioga ia Peseta i le Matagaluega o le Vaifafo i le tulaga o le Failautusi Lagolago mo Tulaga Tau Fesoasoani mai le 1988 i le 2003. Na galue foi i le Matagaluega o le Palemia ma le Kapeneta e faauluulu i ai le Vaega o Polokalame Atinae mo Afioaga i Tua mai le 1986 i le 1988, a e na uluai galue i totonu o lea Matagaluega i le tausaga 1979 i le tulaga failautusi i le Komiti Faufautua mo Tamaitai. O le tausaga 1978 i le 1979 na galue ai o se Faiaoga i le Iunivesite o le Pasefika i Saute.

E tele fono ma aoaoga na auai ma lalamua ai le Afioga ia Peseta i totonu o Samoa ma atunuu i fafo, ma e tele foi sona sao mo le tapenaina ma le mata’ituina o nisi o fuafuaga ma polokalame a le Malo.

E tele lomiga a le Malo ma Faalapotopotoga Faavaomalo na tuufaatasia e Peseta faapea foi ma le tusiaina o nisi pepa taualoa a le Malo.

O Peseta o lo o umia foi le tofi Peresetene o le Asosi Netipolo a Samoa talu mai le 1987, sui o le Komiti Faufautua a Tina ma Tamaitai, Faaliliu upu i le gagana faaperetania ma le gagana Samoa ma le tele o isi o tulaga taua o lo o tautua ai mo le atunuu.

O le Afioga ia Peseta e mai afioaga o Puapua, Lalomalava, Sapapalii ma Vaivase Uta. O lo o tautua i le Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa i Fagalii. Ua faaipoipo ma e toafa o laua alo.

Matagaluega o Galuega Felauaiga ma Atinae Eseese
O le Susuga Su’a Poumulinuku Onesemo e tofia nei o lo o umia le tulaga tofi o le Ofisa Sili Lagolago i le Matagaluega o Punaoa Faanatura ma le Siosiomaga.

O le Susuga Su’a e umia Faailoga Maualuga o le Master of Engineering Science mai le Iunivesite o New South Wales i Ausetalia, faapea Faailoga Bachelor of Engineering ma le Bachelor of Science mai lea lava Iunivesite. Na te umia foi le Tipeloma Faafaiaoga.

E tele isi tulaga tofi na galue ai Su’a i totonu o Samoa ma atunuu i fafo i tulaga faainisinia mai le tausaga 2002. O le 1994 i le 1999 na galue ai o se faiaoga i nisi o Kolisi i totonu o le atunuu.

E tele isi aoaoga ma fono na auai ai Su’a i Samoa ma atunuu i fafo faapea foi polokalame mo le atinae o le atunuu na galue ai.

O le Susuga Su’a e mai afioaga o Tufuiopa, Fasitoo Uta ma Vavau Lotofaga. O le A’oa’o Fesoasoani o le Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa i Sini, Ausetalia a e o lo o tautua nei i le Ekalesia i Leufisa. Ua faaipoipo ma e toatasi lo laua alo.

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