Government of Samoa http://www.samoagovt.ws Mon, 25 Apr 2016 04:55:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.8 UPDATE ON TC AMOS RESPONSE & RECOVERY EFFORTShttp://www.samoagovt.ws/2016/04/update-on-tc-amos-response-recovery-efforts/ http://www.samoagovt.ws/2016/04/update-on-tc-amos-response-recovery-efforts/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 04:55:37 +0000 http://www.samoagovt.ws/?p=49733

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PRESS RELEASE
25 APRIL 2016

Samoa was hit by Tropical Cyclone Amos on Saturday 23rd April 2016.
The Government’s response and recovery efforts is outlined in this media release and is based on information collected from multiple government agencies – namely the Disaster Advisory Committee’s reports to the National Disaster Council.

As of 7:00am Sunday 24 April 2016, the threat from TC Amos was downgraded as the cyclone continued to move East-Southeast away from Samoa.   Samoa Meteorological Services cancelled the TC Category 2 warning, but it should be noted that the warning for TC Category 1 remained effective for the eastern parts of Upolu until its cancellation at 1:00pm on Sunday.

The National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) was activated and became operational from 6:00pm, Friday 22nd and was deactivated on Sunday 24th April.  However, the centre continues to coordinate responses to impacts from TC Amos.  The National Disaster Council and Disaster Advisory Committee met on Sunday 24th April to assess the damage and impact of the cyclone.

A short summary of government’s cyclone response is outlined below.

EVACUATION
Police and Samoa Red Cross Society were called to evacuate four families in Savaii to higher ground due to river flooding and one family in Upolu.  There have been no reported casualties.

INFRASTRUCTURE
Initial assessments from the Electric Power Corporation showed that around 70 percent of the country experienced power outages as a result of the cyclone.  Full power has since been restored to the whole country.

Land Transport Authority (LTA) continues to monitor the conditions of roads, fords and bridges to ensure these access points are safe for the public.  Road access in Upolu has been fully restored with LTA contractors deployed to undertake maintenance works.  Restoration works in Savaii are underway with LTA reporting that roads damaged in Saleia, Saipipi, Lano and Tapueleele are now accessible.
Samoa Shipping Corporation confirmed that ferry services resumed on Sunday 24th April and are operating as usual.
Assessments of critical infrastructure – such as airports, roads, fords, bridges, power, communications – are ongoing, while assessments for damage to houses has been completed with minimal damages reported.

WATER
As advised by Samoa Water Authority, all water treatment plants and borehole systems are back online and operating normally, with the following exceptions:

Rural Upolu Service Areas – interruption in water supply from Saleimoa to Fasitoo.  SWA expects to resolve this supply issue within the next 24-36 hours, once EPC has restored grid power to the Fasitoo borehole system.

Savaii Service Areas – the following areas are experiencing water outages, while EPC works to restore power to affected borehole systems.  SWA expects to resolve these water supply problems within the next 24-48 hours.

  • Sataua borehole system: Papa Sataua to Fagasa
  • Mataivai borehole system: Samauga to Safune
  • Letui borehole system: Letui to Aopo
  • Saleaula borehole system: Saleaula to Safai
  • Safotu borehole system: All of Safotu

The public has been advised, via Ministry of Health public health broadcasts, to be mindful of water consumption, sanitation and hygiene.

HEALTH
Public health awareness messages are being broadcast on TV and radio to ensure the public are informed of health and safety concerns relating to natural disasters.

AGRICULTURE
An initial overview provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment confirms minimal damage and loss to crops such as banana and breadfruit.

EDUCATION
Initial reports by the Ministry of Education show that all schools have been largely unaffected by the cyclone; school resumed as usual today (Monday 25th April).

TELE/COMMUNICATIONS
Local telecommunications companies, Bluesky and Digicel, reported that their services were maintained throughout TC Amos.
Providing information and regular updates to the public through social media platforms and media broadcast partners, the Disaster Management Office and Samoa Meteorological Services delivered weather bulletins on TC Amos and updates on key services, as well as crucial updates on transport routes and power and water supply.  These updates were widely circulated through social media, as well as utilized by local media organisations to inform the public.
The updates from the Disaster Management Office and the Meteorology Division of MNRE are the official notices from government in relation to weather bulletins and public advisories.  The Ministry of Communication’s Radio 2AP provided 24/7 broadcast for the public throughout the cyclone.

TOURISM
All international flights have resumed.  The Samoa Tourism Authority established a Call Centre on Friday 22nd April, to share updates on TC Amos and cater to tourists and the tourism sector.
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PRESS RELEASE
11 APRIL 2016

SAMOA’S INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES

The Government of Samoa wishes to address recent news coverage concerning Samoa and the leaked “Panama Papers”, where government’s involvement through several of its agencies has been highlighted by a few news organisations.

Samoa’s international financial centre is monitored and supervised by SIFA (Samoa International Finance Authority), under which ten licensed trustee companies currently operate.
Mossack Fonseca and Co (Samoa) Limited is one of these ten licensed trustee companies.

Incorporation of international companies is the normal activity of trustee companies and clientele is spread across the globe. The services offered are frequently used and provided in many jurisdictions worldwide including the United States and the United Kingdom.
It is legal and common for companies to establish commercial entities in different jurisdictions for a variety of legitimate reasons – including conducting cross-border mergers and acquisitions, estate planning and restructuring and pooling investment capital from investors residing in different jurisdictions who want a neutral legal tax regime that does not benefit or disadvantage any one investor.

As one of the many jurisdictions offering international financial services, Samoa prides itself in leading efforts to ensure the conduct of offshore businesses in Samoa is regulated and supervised.  This is shown through the various legislative amendments and revisions of a regulatory nature that ensure compliance with international standards set by bodies such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)/Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG), the Group of International Finance Centre Supervisors (GIFCS) and the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), to name a few.

SIFA is the Regulator and Supervisor of international company incorporations and licensed entities such as trustee companies; although trustee companies themselves are domestic entities, registered with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour.

The Ministry of Foreign affairs and Trade is vested with the apostilling function, including the certification of company applications, based on advice and following a review by SIFA.  SIFA returns the apostilled documents to the Trustee companies  for them to continue their services based on the instructions from their client companies.  The fees charged by Trustee Companies to the companies requiring their services is a direct arrangement between these two parties.

On occasion, especially when companies are based in countries not party to the Hague Convention (e.g. Philippines, Vietnam, UAE), further certification is required by our Missions. This means that our Missions affix a certification stamp – which simply verifies the Chief Executive Officer of MFAT’s signature – before forwarding such documentation to the embassy of the country where the company is based, or they can also return it to the trustee company based in Samoa, depending on the specific instructions.

Where Missions are required to forward these documents, trustee companies are expected to meet the full cost of registration of these documents with foreign embassies as well as meet the full cost of courier and/or postal service charges.

In the case cited in the media report, Mossack Fonseca, after receiving the documents from SIFA, requested the Canberra Mission to arrange authentication by Australia’s DFAT, and to forward the same to the UAE Embassy for further legalization.

In reference to Samoa’s High Commission in Australia, the involvement of a senior diplomat officer at the time as inferred by the media report, was not in any way improper.  It is a standard administrative function of our Mission to ensure documents that have been duly endorsed by the relevant authorities in Samoa are remitted to the respective embassies concerned.  The correspondence alluded to involved clearance of a courier cost that the Mission was required to pay as Mossack Fonseca did not provide a return address, and in this particular instance, adequate funds to cover the courier costs.
The administrative duties performed by the Foreign Affairs diplomat in this case did not, and does not, warrant the attention or clearance of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is the Prime Minister of Samoa.

The regulation of the local offshore industry rests with SIFA specifically, but in matters concerning AML/CFT (Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing) – SIFA shares the load with the Money Laundering Prevention Authority (MLPA) and the Samoa Financial Intelligence Unit (SFIU) which are both under the auspices of the Central Bank of Samoa.

In matters concerning tax and the exchange of information for tax purposes, SIFA assists Samoa’s competent authority, which is the Ministry for Revenue.

In matters concerning mutual assistance in criminal matters or proceeds of crime, SIFA assists the Office of the Attorney General and the National Prosecutions Office, where necessary.

Samoa, through SIFA, is actively involved in the Peer Review Group of the ‘OECD Global Forum on Transparency and the Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes’.
The PRG has spearheaded the drive to ensure there is a level playing field when it comes to implementing the OECD Tax Initiative that lead initially to the exchange of information for tax purposes on request, to the recently adopted standard of automatic exchange of information.

Samoa has an active anti-money-laundering and counter terrorist financing regime with highly capable staff across a range of agencies.

In February of this year, the Central Bank of Samoa’s SFIU started a proactive operation, “Operation Signpost”, to uncover professional money laundering in Samoa.
Samoa is not a blacklist country in the international community, neither by the Asia Pacific Group or the Financial Action Task Force, which are the main compliance and assessor players in terms of money-laundering and counter-terrorist financing regimes worldwide.  This is due to Samoa’s strong legal frameworks to address money-laundering and counter terrorism activities, which are in accordance with international best practice and standards and compliance.

The Central Bank of Samoa and Financial Intelligence Unit have made assurances that Samoa will redouble its efforts to ensure Samoa cannot and will not be used by money launderers and tax evaders.

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News from Cabinet, 8 April 2016http://www.samoagovt.ws/2016/04/news-from-cabinet-8-april-2016/ http://www.samoagovt.ws/2016/04/news-from-cabinet-8-april-2016/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 05:50:00 +0000 http://www.samoagovt.ws/?p=47666

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CABINET RELEASE (English and Samoan)
8 April 2016

1.  Fausia o fale afi alu i le suavai e tolu
Ua faamaonia e le Kapeneta le tuuina atu o le konekarate i le kamupani a le Pernix Group/MAP JV mo le fausia o fale afi alu i le suavai e tolu i Faleaseela, Fausaga-Tafitoala ma Faleata.

Na faasalalauina tauofoga mo le faia o nei galuega mo le silafia lautele, ma e fitu kamupani na tuuina ane tusi tauofo.

Na iloiloina tauofoga uma e le Soa Komiti e fua i aiaiga o le tauofoga ma tuuina mai ai loa le fautuaga mo le faia o le faaiuga a le Kapeneta.

Construction of three hydro power plants
Cabinet has awarded the contract to Pernix Group/MAP JV company for the construction of three new hydro power plants at Faleaseela, Fausaga-Tafitoala and Faleata.

The tender for the projects was advertised for public interest and seven companies submitted applications of bids.

An assessment of the tenders was conducted by the Sub Committee according to the tender requirement before a recommendation was submitted to Cabinet for approval.

2.  Aoaoga faatatau i le laau o le umala
Ua faamaonia e le Kapeneta le auai atu o le sui o Samoa i le aoaoga mo le faailoaina o iniseti ma faamai faalafua o le laau o le umala lea e faia i Papua Niu Kini i le 18 – 22 o Aperila 2016.

O le faamoemoe ia lava le tomai o sui auai faatatau i iniseti ogaoga ma faamai e aafia ai lenei laau mo le fofoga taumafa o tagata, ma e mafai ona taliu mai ma faaauau aoaoga ma suesuega i totonu o latou lava atunuu.

O le auai atu o le sui o Samoa o se valaaulia mai le Faalapotopotoga Faafailautusi a le Pasefika mo sui taito’atasi mai atunuu uma o le Pasefika aemaise i atunuu o lo o aofia i le faiga o le Poloketi o le IPM/ICM.

O le umala o le isi laau o lo o ave i ai le faamuamua a lo tatou Malo ona e maua pea le taumafa i taimi uma aemaise i taimi o afa ma matagi malolosi, e le gata i lea ua maua i suesuega, e tasi lea laau e maualuga le tamaoaiga mo le soifua maloloina o tagata.

O se avanoa foi lenei e talanoa ai ma fesootai ma faalapotopotoga mai fafo o le a auai i le aoaoga e mafai ona maua mai ai fesoasoani tau seleni mo Samoa e faaauau ai lenei atinae.

O le Susuga Aleni Uelese o lo o galue i le poloketi lenei i totonu o Samoa lea o le a auai atu i le aoaoga.

Sweet Potato Weevil Workshop
Cabinet has approved the participation by Samoa at the Sweet Potato Weevil Workshop in Lae, Papua New Guinea on 18 – 22 April 2016.

The workshop is an opportunity for key technical experts to learn more about weevils so they are able to organise similar surveys in their own home countries.

Samoa’s participation is an invitation by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community for Pacific countries, especially countries included in the Integrated Pest Management and Integrated Crop Management Project.

Sweet potato is not only a good crop, in terms of healthy eating, it is valued by Samoa in terms of food security as it can be grown/farmed at any time and can survive natural hazards like cyclones.
The workshop will enable Samoa to meet with international partners and organisations to secure funding for this project.

Samoa’s National IPM/ICM Project Coordinator, Susuga Aleni Uelese is attending the workshop.

3.  Polokalame mo le siitai o tomai a le Faletupe o le Lalolagi
Ua faamaonia e le Kapeneta le auai atu o le sui o Samoa i le Polokalame mo le siitia ai o le tomai e mata’ituina ma puleaina o aitalafu – Faletupe o le Lalolagi o lo o faagasolo nei i Amerika mai le aso 28 Mati – 28 o Iuni 2016.

O le polokalame fesoasoani lenei a le Faletupe o le Lalolagi e patino tonu i vaega o le mata’ituina ma le pulea o aitalafu mo atunuu tau atia’e.

E usuia i tausaga uma lenei polokalame, ma o se avanoa taua lenei e fefaasoaa’i ai le iloa o le aufaigaluega a le Faletupe o le Lalolagi ma sui auai i le polokalame.

O le Ofisa Sinia o le Matagaluega o Tupe, Susuga Peresitene Kirifi o lo o fai ma sui o Samoa i lea fono.

World Bank’s Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice
Cabinet has approved the participation by Samoa’s representative at the World Bank’s Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice in America from 28 March – 28 June 2016.

This is a special assignment appointment under the World Bank Group and the Ministry of Finance under the auspices of the Bank’s Global Secondment Programme.

The programme is conducted every year and provides ample opportunity for participants and World Bank employees to share knowledge and experiences.

The Ministry of Finance Principal Debt Management Officer, Peresitene Kirifi is representing Samoa at the programme.

4.  Anavatau a le Vaega Faaupufai e Puipuia Aia Tatau a Tagata 2016 – 2021
Ua folasia mo le silafia e le Kapeneta le Anavatau a le Vaega Faaupufai e Puipuia Aia Tatau a Tagata (HRPP) 2016 – 2021.

O lenei anavatau o lo o faailoa manino ai le polokalame o galuega fuafua a le Vaega Faaupufai i le lima tausaga o lumanai.

Ua savali nei i le 34 tausaga o tulai mai pea le Vaega lenei i le taitaiga o le Malo talu mai le 1982, lea foi ua toe manumalo i le paeaiga lenei.

O le manulauti o le anavatau, o le siitia lea o le soifua manuia o o tatou tagata i se siosiomaga filemu, maopoopoga ma le galulue soosoo tauau o ona tagata, faapea ma le faatupulaia o avanoa faigaluega mo le au talavou ua i’u mai aoga maualuluga.

O le talitonuga o le Vaega Faaupufai, a manuia le faationga o lenei Anavatau, o le a siitia atili le soifua manuia o tagatanuu uma o Samoa.

O nisi o luitau sa feagai ai i le lima tausaga ua tuanai e aofia ai le faaletonu o le tamaoaiga o le lalolagi ma le tulaga vaivai na oo i ai le tamaoaiga o Saina sa matua aafia ai le tulaga lautele o maketi i atunuu i fafo ma faapea foi ma le Yazaki Samoa. O le isi luitau o le afatia lea o Samoa i le afa o Evan ii le 2012 lea na tele mea na faaleagaina ai e pei o alatele, ala laupapa, vaega o faatoaga, atinae lagolago e pei o faletalimalo ma meatotino a tagata taitoatasi.

O nisi o matati’a na ausia i le lima tausaga talu ai e aofia ai:

  • Siitia o le tulaga o Samoa e avea o se atunuu malosi;
  • Fono a Malo Aufaatasi mo Atunuu Laiti  le lalolagi;
  • Taaloga Tupulaga o le Taupulega;
  • Taaloga a le All Blacks ma le Manu Samoa;
  • Faalautele polokalame tau apu i Ausetalia;
  • Faatauina o le PFL;
  • Feagaigai o le Suiga o le Tau;

O isi taunuuga iloga na ausia e vaega lautetele o le tamaoaiga aofia ai aoaoga, soifua maloloina, faatoaga, atinae o nuu i tua, penisione tagata matutua, vaega o faamasinoga faapea ma atinae autu tetele e i ai suavai ma vai lafoai, malosiaga faaeletise, felauaiga, fesootaiga.

O atinae o lo o ave i ai le faamuamua a le anavatau mo le isi lima tausaga e aofia ai le faatupulaia o avanoa faigaluega, atinae o aoga, faaleleia atili auaunaga faasoifua maloloina, faateleina o atinae o faatoaga, atinae o tagata maimoa mai fafo, atinae o tupulaga talavou, atinae o nuu ma afioaga, mataupu tau suiga o le tau, tulaga tau faamasinoga, faapea ma auaunaga ma atinae tetele.

Human Rights Protection Party Manifesto 2016 – 2021
Cabinet has reviewed the Human Rights Protection Party manifesto 2016 – 2021.

The manifesto announces the development agenda the HRPP will implement over the next five years.

The HRPP has consistently won the right to lead Government for 34 years, since 1982, and has again won the recent general election in March.

The overriding goal of this manifesto is to further advance the social and economic wellbeing of the Samoan people and create employment opportunities for our young people.

Successful implementation of the development agenda outlined in this manifesto will lead directly to achieving a higher and sustainable quality of life for our people.

Some challenges encountered by Samoa in the last five years included the global financial crisis and the slowdown in the Chinese economy in 2012 adversely affected the ability to secure markets for our exports which directly impacted on the Yazaki Samoa. Cyclone Evan that struck the country in the same year, and caused significant damage and incurred substantial losses to key economic infrastructure such as roads and bridges, agriculture, tourist facilities and personal properties, was another challenge.

A number of positive outcomes were also achieved such as:

  • Samoa’s graduation to Middle Income Country status;
  • Hosting of the Third UN SIDS Conference;
  • Hosting of the 2015 Samoa Commonwealth Youth Games;
  • All Blacks – Manu Samoa Game;
  • RSE Scheme extended to Australia;
  • Acquisition of PFL;
  • Climate Change agreement;

At the sector level, there were also significant achievements which include macroeconomic performance, education, health, agriculture, community development, senior citizen pension scheme, justice and infrastructure services such as water and sanitation, energy, transport and communication.

HRPP development priorities for 2016 – 2021 include employment creation, education, health, agriculture, tourism, youth development, community development, climate change, justice and infrastructure services.
5.  Asiasiga faaleaoaoga mo Minisita o Faigafaiva o le Pasefika
Ua faamaonia e le Kapeneta le auai atu o le Afioga i le Minisita o Faatoaga Vaomatua ma Faigafaiva, Afioga Laaulialemalietoa Polataivao Leuatea Schmidt mo le Asiasiga Faaleaoaoga mo Minisita o Faigafaiva o le Pasefika e faia i Niu Sila i le aso 9 – 21 Aperila 2016.

O le asiasiga faaleaoaoga e faailoa ai i Minisita o le Pasefika auala o lo o faatino ai e le Malo o Niu Sila le puleaina o faigafaiva e faatatau lea i le mata’ituina o i’a maua. E le gata i lea ae faasoa mai ai foi a latou galuega o fai mo le silafia e le Pasefika.

O le Ofisa Sili Lagolago o le Matagaluega o Faatoaga, Susuga ia Joyce Samuelu Ah Leong o le a malaga faatasi ma le Afioga i le Minisita i lenei asiasiga.

Fisheries study tour for Pacific Ministers
Cabinet has approved the attendance by Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, Afioga Laaulialemalietoa Polataivao Leuatea Schmidt at the Fisheries Study Tour by the New Zealand Government for the Pacific’s Ministers for Agriculture and Fishery on 9 – 21 April 2016.

The study tour will provide participants with the opportunity to view New Zealand’s seafood sector and fisheries management system. This system is hoping to provide a number of useful lessons for the Pacific.

The Ministry of Agriculture Assistant Chief Executive, Joyce Samuelu – Ah Leong will accompany Afioga Laaulialemalietoa at the tour.

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Announcement of Associate Ministers to Cabinethttp://www.samoagovt.ws/2016/03/announcement-of-associate-ministers-to-cabinet/ http://www.samoagovt.ws/2016/03/announcement-of-associate-ministers-to-cabinet/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2016 04:54:36 +0000 http://www.samoagovt.ws/?p=44584

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24 March 2016

Announcement of Associate Ministers to Cabinet

Thirteen new Associate Ministers to Cabinet have been sworn in today at the Fiame Mataafa Faumuina Mulinuu II Government Building in Apia.

This follows last week’s official swearing in of all 50 Members of Parliament, including the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.  Following this first official Parliament session , the Prime Minister announced his new Deputy and Cabinet Ministers, with the Associate Ministers to be decided this week.

The announcement of the new associate ministers was made by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who said it was important to find the right balance and ensure that those who are chosen are suitable to support the work of each cabinet minister’s portfolio.

Said Tuilaepa,

“There are many ways to serve our country – as a cabinet minister, associate minister or through many of the vitally important parliamentary committees.

“In selecting the associate ministers, it was again very important to make sure that our choices are representative of a wide and varied group, while also acknowledging personal attributes, skills and experience.”

The Prime Minister also emphasised the crucial contribution of all Parliamentarians, irrespective of whether they have been given a Cabinet post or Associate Minister role.

“As this is the first time we have such an overwhelming majority in Parliament, it’s even more important that the work of government follows the guidelines of good governance.

“We have to check each other and make sure that what is appropriate and good for Samoa is what takes precedence.

“We are all human, so Government is never going to be perfect.  Therefore it’s important that we are not hesitant to employ all measures of good governance so we remain accountable and on track with our plans for the development of the country and the improvement of livelihoods for all.”

Associate Ministers are appointed under the Parliamentary Under-Secretaries Act 1988, and although they are not members of Cabinet, they are still bound by the principle of collective ministerial unity, solidarity and responsibility.
The new Associate Ministers for 2016-2021

Ministry of the Prime Minister & Cabinet: Peseta Vaifou Tevaga

Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment: Taefu Lemi Taefu

Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Labour, Ministry of Public Enterprises: Tuifaasisina Misa Lisati Leleisiuao

Ministry of Health: Salausa Dr John Ah Ching

Ministry of Police & Prisons: Amituanai Fagaivalu Kenrick Samu

Ministry of Finance: Mulipola Leiataua Laki

Ministry of Women, Community & Social Development: Tofa Li’o Foleni Li’o

Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries: Faasootauloa Pati Taulapapa

Ministry of Communications & Information Technology: Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi

Ministry of Justice & Courts Administration: Lenatai Victor Tamapua

Ministry of Revenue: Sooalo Umi Feo Mene

Ministry of Works, Transport & Infrastructure: Seiuli Ueligitone Seiuli

Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture: Alai’asa Moefaauouo Sepulona Moananu


Government’s Cabinet for 2016-2021:

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi (Lepa)
Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Office of the Attorney General; Public Service Commission.

Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa (Lotofaga)
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell (Satupaitea)
Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour; Ministry of Public Enterprises; Samoa Tourism Authority; Samoa Land Corporation.

Tuitama Dr Talalelei Tuitama (Aana Alofi No.1 East)
Ministry of Health

Sala Fata Pinati (Gagaemauga No.1)
Ministry of Police and Prisons

Sili Epa Tuioti (Faasaleleaga No.1 East)
Ministry of Finance; Central Bank of Samoa; Development Bank of Samoa

Faimalotoa Kika Iemaima Stowers (Gagaifomauga No.1)
Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development.

Laaulialemalietoa Polataivao Leuatea (Gagaifomauga No.3)
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; Scientific Research Organisations of Samoa-SROS.

Afamasaga Lepuiai Rico Tupai (Aana Alofi No.3)
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Faaolesa Katopau T. Ainuu (Vaimauga Sisifo No.2)
Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration.

Tialavea Feo Leniu Tionisio Hunt (Vaa o Fonoti)
Ministry of Revenue.

Papaliitele Niko Lee Hang (Urban East)
Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure.

Loau Sola Keneti Sio (Sagaga le Falefa)
Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture.

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23 March 2016

Update on Samoa’s Mission in Brussels

In light of the devastating news of terrorist attacks in Belgium, the Government of Samoa would like to share an update on its Overseas Mission based in the worst-hit city of Brussels.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that Samoa’s Ambassador, Embassy staff and their families are safe and well.  It should be noted that as the attacks occurred near or on critical transport lines and located  particularly close to the EU Commission and Council, the city of Brussels is currently under lockdown.

Based on advice from Samoa’s Mission in Brussels, and in anticipation of worsening conditions and possible closures of businesses in the city, MFAT has given its approval for Samoa’s Embassy to take precautionary measures and relevant steps by closing down if they feel that their safety and security are compromised.

Through MFAT, the Government of Samoa will continue to monitor the safety of our Embassy staff and their families, and pray for the safety of all families and communities in Belgium.

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Sixteenth Parliament sworn-in, New Cabinet Announcedhttp://www.samoagovt.ws/2016/03/sixteenth-parliament-sworn-in-new-cabinet-announced/ http://www.samoagovt.ws/2016/03/sixteenth-parliament-sworn-in-new-cabinet-announced/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2016 05:22:26 +0000 http://www.samoagovt.ws/?p=43107

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18 March 2016

16th Parliament Sworn in, New Cabinet Announced

Following a successful and peaceful General Elections on March 4th, the first session of the Sixteenth Parliament of the Independent State of Samoa opened earlier today, at its temporary home at the Faleata Sports Complex, Tuanaimato.

Opened by His Highness the Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, the ceremony included the swearing-in of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Leaupepe Taimaaiono Toleafoa Faafisi; the swearing-in of Members of Parliament; the swearing-in of Prime Minister, Auelua Fatialofa Lupesoliai Tuilaepa Neioti Aiono Dr Sailele Malielegaoi, and the announcement of his Cabinet.

The Head of State made his official proclamation, and spoke to the Parliamentarians of the duty and privilege of leadership.
“We hope that you will not experience any major conflicts and chaos, but no doubt there will be challenges.
“I wish you well in your journey over the next five years. As you voyage forward, may you be blessed in your search for God’s wisdom, prudence, knowledge and discretion. ”

Officially sworn in for his fourth Parliamentary term and sixteenth year as Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi delivered a brief statement of gratitude and encouragement, as the country marked “a new beginning for the political evolution of Samoa”.

“Suffice for me to emphasize, the mandate to govern through a one party state has come through the voices of our people, and that this will not be and will never be lost on the government of the day.
“We pledge to honour this mandate and we accept that all our 47 members will be individually and collectively held accountable for their actions, and commitments to lead by example, premised on the principles of good governance.

Tuilaepa also gave special thanks to all of Samoa for their trust and belief in his leadership.
“I am humbled and honoured to take this opportunity today to offer thanksgiving and pay tribute to our people and country for the overwhelming support, for the government we are privileged to represent and as we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to answer with mere words but to lead by them.”

Government’s Cabinet for 2016-2021:

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi (Lepa)
Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Office of the Attorney General; Public Service Commission.

Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa (Lotofaga)
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell (Satupaitea)
Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour; Ministry of Public Enterprises; Samoa Tourism Authority; Samoa Land Corporation.

Tuitama Dr Talalelei Tuitama (Aana Alofi No.1 East)
Ministry of Health

Sala Fata Pinati (Gagaemauga No.1)
Ministry of Police and Prisons

Sili Epa Tuioti (Faasaleleaga No.1 East)
Ministry of Finance; Central Bank of Samoa; Development Bank of Samoa

Faimalotoa Kika Iemaima Stowers (Gagaifomauga No.1)
Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development.

Laaulialemalietoa Polataivao Leuatea (Gagaifomauga No.3)
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; Scientific Research Organisations of Samoa-SROS.

Afamasaga Lepuiai Rico Tupai (Aana Alofi No.3)
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Faaolesa Katopau T. Ainuu (Vaimauga Sisifo No.2)
Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration.

Tialavea Feo Leniu Tionisio Hunt (Vaa o Fonoti)
Ministry of Revenue.

Papaliitele Niko Lee Hang (Urban East)
Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure.

Loau Sola Keneti Sio (Sagaga le Falefa)
Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture.

Each Cabinet Minister will be assigned an Associate Minister.

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The Electoral Commissioner has released a declaration of the official Elections Results for the 2016 General Elections.

Please find the English and Samoan copies below:

OEC Declaration of 2016 Elections Results

OEC Declaration of Elections Results (SAM)

 

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Samoa pledges assistance to Fijihttp://www.samoagovt.ws/2016/02/samoa-pledges-assistance-to-fiji/ http://www.samoagovt.ws/2016/02/samoa-pledges-assistance-to-fiji/#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:25:10 +0000 http://www.samoagovt.ws/?p=40585

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PRESS RELEASE
25 FEBRUARY 2016


SAMOA PLEDGES ASSISTANCE TO FIJI

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has written to Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama to offer condolences and extend support to the Government and People of Fiji in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The cyclone, which has caused extensive destruction and loss of life, has left Fiji reeling as recovery efforts continue.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa offered Samoa’s prayers and thoughts to its Pacific neighbour, and has pledged assistance of FJD$100,000.00 towards the relief and recovery efforts currently underway.

“As you begin the arduous journey towards rebuilding and the challenges involved in regaining some normalcy, please know we have you all in our thoughts and prayers,” said Tuilaepa.

The Prime Minister also highlighted the small island vulnerabilities of Pacific nations.

“As small Pacific states, we share inherent vulnerabilities to the impacts of climate change and often-linked natural disasters,” he said, also adding that “despite the setbacks and tragedy, the impact of these experiences also show the incomparable strength, faith and resilience of our people.”

The FJD$100,000.00 will be disbursed to the Fijian Government this week.

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News from Cabinet, 17 February 2016http://www.samoagovt.ws/2016/02/news-from-cabinet-17-february-2016/ http://www.samoagovt.ws/2016/02/news-from-cabinet-17-february-2016/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2016 04:00:01 +0000 http://www.samoagovt.ws/?p=40573

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CABINET RELEASE (English and Samoan)
17 February 2016

1.  Faamamaluina o aso malolo mo tagata uma mo le Faiga Palota Aoao o Samoa
Ua faamaonia e le Kapeneta le avea o le Aso Tofi, 3 o Mati ma le Aso Faraile, 4 o Mati 2016 ma aso malolo mo tagata uma mo le Faiga Palota Aoao.

O lo o manino i lalo le Vaega 2 o le Tulafono Aso Malolo mo Tagata Uma 2008, o Aso Malolo e patino mo le Faiga Palota Aoao o Samoa, o le aso o lumanai ai le aso faiga palota faapea ma le aso o le faiga palota.

Electoral public holidays
In accordance with Section 2 of the Public Holidays Act 2008, Cabinet has approved the Public Holidays for General Elections as follows: Thursday the 3rd and Friday the 4th of March 2016.

The Public Holidays Act 2008 declares that the day before the general election and the election day should be declared as public holidays.

2.  Inisiua o Aseta a le Malo 2016 – 2018
Ua faamaonia e le Kapeneta le tuuina atu o le konekarate i kamupani ua taua i lalo mo le Inisiuaina o Aseta a le Malo 2016 – 2018.

TauofoFaamatalaga
National Pacific InsuranceFale mo Ofisa

Faleaoga

Apia Insurance Co LtdFale o le Auaunaga Faasoifua Maloloina
Federal Pacific InsuranceFale Tetele (TATTE & FMFM II)

Na faasalalauina nei tauofoga mo le silafia lautele, ma e tolu kamupani na tuuina ane tusi tauofo.

Na iloiloina nei tauofoga uma e le Soa Komiti e fua i aiaiga o le tusi tauofo ma tuuina mai ai loa le fautuaga mo le faia o le faaiuga a le kapeneta.

Major Assets Insurance cover approved
Cabinet has approved the awarding of insurance contracts to the following companies for the provision of Government Major Assets Insurance Cover, 2016 – 2018.

Successful TendererDetails
National Pacific InsuranceGeneral Office Buildings

School Buildings

Apia Insurance Co LtdNHS Buildings
Federal Pacific InsuranceHigh Rise Buildings (TATTE & FMFM II)

The tender for the contracts were advertised for public interest and three companies submitted applications of bids.

The tenders were assessed by a Sub Committee before a recommendation was tabled before Cabinet for the final decision.

3.  Polokalame mo le tagataga’i ma le sailiiliga o le Faiga Palota tele
Ua faamaonia e le Kapeneta le tagataga’i ma le faia e le Vaega o lo o gafa ma le Polokalame o Faiga Malo Lelei i Atu Melenisia i totonu o le Iunivesite Aoao a Ausetalia o se sailiiliga i le faainoga o le Faiga Palota Tele a le atunuu o lo o loma nei.

O lenei aumalaga o le a galulue faatasi ma le Ofisa o le Komesina o Faiga Palota faapea ma le Iunivesite Aoao a Samoa i le tagataga’i lea i Faiga Faavae o lo o faaaogaina e faatino ai le faiga palota tele a Samoa.

E 12 itumalo o le a aofia i lenei sailiiliga e aofia ai itumalo ia sa ta’i lua nofoa faapea ma itumalo o Nuu Tu Taulaga.

Observers and researchers for General Election
Cabinet has approved the request by a team from Australia National University’s (ANU) State Society and Governance in Melanesia Programme, to undertake research and observe Samoa’s General Election next month.

The group will work together with Samoa’s Office of the Electoral Commissioner and the National University of Samoa in observing policies which guides electoral administration in Samoa.

The team will undertake detailed observations in 12 electorates which include constituencies with two representatives in Parliament and two Urban Constituencies.

4.  Lesitalaina o le Kolisi o Samoa e avea o se Aoga Faaitumalo
Ua faamaonia e le Kapeneta le avea ai o le Kolisi o Samoa ma Aoga Faaitumalo e faatautaia ma taitaia e le Komiti o Aoga.

O le naunautaiga ia mafai e le Komiti Filifilia o Aoga a le Kolisi o Samoa e aofia ai faiaoga, matua, tama ma teine tuai ona faatautaia la latou aoga e pei o isi Kolisi Faaitumalo i totonu o le atunuu i le taimi nei.

O le tausaga na te’a nei na avea aloaia ai foi le Kolisi o Avele ma Aoga Faaitumalo.

Samoa College registered as a District School
Cabinet has approved the registration of Samoa College as a District School – run and managed by the School Committee.

The focus is for the School Committee for Samoa College, which includes teachers, parents and old pupils, to have the capacity to manage the school as is the practice with other District Schools in the country.

Avele College was also registered as a District School last year.

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Press Release: Savalalo Flea Market Firehttp://www.samoagovt.ws/2016/01/press-release-savalalo-fleamarket-fire/ http://www.samoagovt.ws/2016/01/press-release-savalalo-fleamarket-fire/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2016 02:32:29 +0000 http://www.samoagovt.ws/?p=37951

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PRESS RELEASE                                                                                               18 January 2016

Savalalo Flea Market Fire

Earlier this morning, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi met with key government officials to co-ordinate a course of action in response to the destruction caused by a fire that razed the Savalalo Fleamarket to the ground last Saturday evening.

“I am relieved to know that there was no loss of life, and there are no reports of anyone being seriously hurt from the fire.
“This is still a busy time for our fleamarket vendors so I sympathise with all of those who have suffered losses because of this unfortunate incident.
“We are urgently looking in to what caused this fire, and also looking at the best way forward for small business owners who are now facing a tougher start to this new year.
“I’ve asked key government agencies to report back to me before the end of today, with updates on what caused the fire, what we are facing in terms of damage, their assessments and recommendations on the kinds of possible assistance for the future of all small business operators affected by the fire,” said Tuilaepa.

When asked about interim solutions for these small businesses, the Prime Minister confirmed that there are several options under consideration by government including a possible relocation of flea-market stalls and shops to the under-utilised Vaitele Market; or an option to set up large tents, which had been used when Samoa hosted the UN SIDS conference, to accommodate the vendors.

“It’s important that we quickly find ways to help these small businesses, because they represent the livelihoods of so many families, not forgetting the important service they provide to support our tourism industry which is our economic mainstay,” said Tuilaepa.

The Prime Minister also confirmed that government will be looking to Fire and Emergency Services Authority for guidance on how to avoid similar incidents in the future.

Lead by the Prime Minister, the taskforce includes: the Minister of Police; Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure; Minister of Natural Resources and Environment; with Chief Executive Officers of Finance (MOF), Land Transport Authority (LTA), Samoa Land Corporation (SLC), Foreign Affairs (MFAT), Electric Power Corporation (EPC), Works Transport and Infrastructure (MWTI); and Commissioners of Police and Fire and Emergency Services Authority.

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