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  • The Honourable Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi

    Prime Minister of Samoa
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  • Head of State 1965
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Samoa Honours and Awards

The creation of the Honours and Awards Committee in 1992 originates from the legislative requirements of the Merit Act 1992/1993 which then considers to repeal and savings under the Honours and Awards Act 1999.


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Faaalia oa o loo gafataulimaina e tina o le SPBD Tusia Taunuuga Toatasi O le tolu ai lenei o tausag...Read More

Faaalia oa o loo gafataulimaina e tina o le SPBD Tusia Taunuuga Toatasi O le tolu ai lenei o tausaga talu ona faagasolo le polokalame a le SPBD (South Pacific Business Development), e faaali ai oa o loo gafataulimaina e tina o loo i lalo o le faamalu a le faalapotopotoga. O le Aso Tofi 4-5 Me 2017, na amatalia ai lea faaaliga i Lumamaota o le Malo, e pei ona molimauina le agai atu ai o nisi o le mamalu o le atunuu mo faatauga. E mo le silafia o lea faaaliga, o se avanoa lea mo tina faipisinisi laiti uma o loo i lalo o lea faalapotopotoga, e faaali ai a latou oloa aemaise o oa o loo laou gafataulimaina i lea aso ma lea aso. E silia ma le 200 tina ma tamaitai i totonu o Upolu ma Savaii o loo i lalo o le Polokalame a le S.P.B.D lea faaali a latou oloa, ma o le tele o ia oloa na gaosia lava e i latou e ala i seleni e nono mai le S.P.B.D. O lea faaaliga na faatautaia lea i le taulaga o Apia, e pei ona silafia le vaega tonu lea e faafesaga’i ma le Faletupe o le ANZ.E lua aso na faatautaia ai lea faaaliga, o le Aso Tofi 5-6 o Me 2017. E pei ona molimauina e i latou foi na mafai ona agai atu e fai faatauga i lea faaaliga, na molimauina ai le anoanoa’i o meataulima, o laei, o taumafa e pei o bbq, ma isi oloa o loo gaosia i oa faalaenatura....

Fagaloa Women’s Centre Shines By: Seia Ualesi During the South Pacific Business Development Micro...Read More

Fagaloa Women’s Centre Shines By: Seia Ualesi During the South Pacific Business Development Microfinance event, villagers from Uafato Fagaloa travelled many miles from their homes to take part. The Uafato Women’s centre was among the various community businesses selling their goods - handicrafts, designed clothing, food and drinks and other products at the SPBD market day. After two years of registering in SPBD’s Microfinance program, Secretary of the Uafato centre Sinavaituli Tuimalatu Salesa shared that this venture was one way that the people of Uafato could tell their story of the village’s efforts to produce handicrafts. “This is a great experience for us even though we have our own market stops at the flea market. This is different, being around other committees from all around the country competing to sell our products to the public.” According to the centre’s Secretary, this is also another way of revealing the effort of the whole village in preparing these handicrafts to earn a living. “Creating handicrafts is a gift given to the village of Uafato from old to the young, all generations. “It is a happy feeling seeing the potential and the effort shown by all members of the village right from our village council to the young ones.” There are also tourism businesses and other partnerships to which the village of Uafato is linked in terms of producing and filling handicraft orders. Some of these partnerships include Samoa Stationery and Books, Hotel Elisa, Taumeasina Island Resort and Janet’s Handicrafts. It’s a village-wide effort to produce these handicrafts, therefore any order that comes through becomes a community-effort. She added that this is good money earned for them “It provides good money for our families. For the families of Uafato, we can earn as much as $1000 a week.” This is the 16th Annual Awards event held by South Pacific Business Development Microfinance....

Businesswomen honoured by SPBD By: Seia Ualesi South Pacific Business Development celebrated its 1...Read More

Businesswomen honoured by SPBD By: Seia Ualesi South Pacific Business Development celebrated its 16th Annual Awards last week kicking off with their annual market show at Eleele Fou. At the awards ceremony Minister of Business Enterprise, Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell, delivered the keynote address. “This event is to showcase the role of women in business development, to set up a business from humble beginnings, with challenges in between but with an eye to growing in to scaled up, successful ventures. “This is one of the goals of government, to have our small businesses grow in to big ones for economic development.” Lautafi encouraged all women in business to always think positively about the importance of their roles. “Always look at the bright side, never think negatively of yourselves; you should keep trying your best to be included in the business development of Samoa. “According to reports, more than 1 million tala is being distributed to our small entrepreneurs in unsecured assistance.” He congratulated every Centre and Committee that has been able to continue with the program from the start. Founder and President of SPBD, Gregory F. Casagrande, congratulated all the entrepreneurial mothers and encouraged them to dream big. “I encourage you move forward, one step towards your goals every day. Make grand plans for your business, for yourself and for your family,” he said. “Running a business is not an easy thing to do but never be afraid of failure and keep your head up to succeed in the long run. “If you set your sights and ambitions too low then you will never know what might have been. “You may not achieve everything that you set out to do and that is okay, there will be many obstacles but a tenacious person will persevere and find new ways around those obstacles. “You don’t need to change the world in one day, you just need to keep moving forward and when you get knocked down, get back and keep making small steady progress each day. “And as many of you may know, the success you created here in Samoa has enabled SPBD to spread further throughout the region to provide meaningful economic opportunity to women micro-entrepreneurs in Tonga, Fiji and the Solomon islands. More than 200 women entrepreneurs from both Upolu and Savaii took part in this event. The Annual Business Women Awards were awarded to: S.P.B.D. Best Saver of the Year 2016 – Maria Tui, Utulaelae Centre S.P.B.D. Micro Businesswoman of the Year 2016 – Aaone Ripine, Salani Centre S.P.B.D. Business Woman of the Year 2016 – Faalo Tiumalu, Tuasivi Centre S.P.B.D. Overall Best Centre for 2016 – Moata’a Centre...

World Title belt remains in Lupesoliai’s arms By: Seia Ualesi Lupesoliai Joseph Parker has won a...Read More

World Title belt remains in Lupesoliai’s arms By: Seia Ualesi Lupesoliai Joseph Parker has won another bout, defending his world title against Romanian Razvan Cojanu at the Vodafone Events Center in Manukau City, Auckland. Parker spoke with gratitude immediately after his bout. “I want to thank Razvan for coming down. “Am also thankful for the support from the Prime Minister of Samoa and the people at home. “I want to thank everybody in attendance; hopefully it was a great fight for you all.” He went on to talk about career development. “I’ve done my best to keep fights in New Zealand. Now it’s time to go overseas and get some exposure overseas.” Cojanu said that he saw the fight much closer than the result. He acknowledged the support from fans. “I give what I had for this fight and I hope you all had fun and enjoyed this fight.” Parker won by Unanimous Victory Decision with the judges’ scorecards 108 – 119, 110 – 117 and 110 - 117....

Fa’ata’oto e le Malo alafua ma ta’iala mamao mo le manuia o galuega fa’avaitaimi Tusia – T...Read More

Fa’ata’oto e le Malo alafua ma ta’iala mamao mo le manuia o galuega fa’avaitaimi Tusia – Tusiga Peseta Taofiga E ui i le tele o suiga ma vaaiga matagofie ua tumatila ai le galuega a le Ofisa o galuega fa’avaitaimi, peita’i e le’o utuva le tele o fa’afitauli e alia’e pea e taotaomia ai le sa’olotoga o nisi mai le malaga atu mo ia avanoa i atunuu e mamao. Ua silasila mamao le Malo tauala atu i le Matagaluega a le Palemia ma le Kapeneta i le Vaega o lo o gafa ma galuega fa’avaitaimi, ina ia mautinoa le fa’atinoina o matafaioi maioio mo le sailia o gasegase tumau o lo o a’afia ai le tele o nisi o i latou, o lo o filifilia e malaga atu mo ia fa’amanuiaga i Ausetalia ma Niu Sila. Saunoa se tasi o le Ofisa o Galuega Fa’avaitaimi ia Funefeai Muelu, o le fuafuaga a le Malo ua leva ona fa’ata’atia, e aofia ai ma le sailia o le tulaga o lo o iai le soifua maloloina, ma le gafatia e le Malosi o le mamafa o galuega o le a fa’atino. “Ua o gatasi le maliliu o tama fanau e to’alua a Samoa sa galulue i ia galuega ma le maliega o le a amata lea fuafuaga, e aofia ai le manava, toe le poia gofia i gasegase”. “E le aofia i lea fuaufaga i latou o lo o fa’aauauina pea ona malaga, peita’i ua na’o i latou sa fa’aulu mai a latou tusi talosaga i le 2015 – 2016 o le a ave iai le fa’amamafa ina ia fa’amalosia toleniga”. Saunoa lana Afioga le Palemia ia Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr Sailele Malielegaoi e fa’apea, e taua foi le Silasila toto’a i le inuina o fualaau pe iloa ua agava’a i ia avanoa ae o lo o a’afia i nisi o gasegase, aua o fualaau o le isi lea vailaau e na te tineiaina le popolega o lo o vaaia nei, pea fuafua ma le tatau. Saunoa Funefeai e fa’apea e lua vaega tetele o le a sailia ai le tagata o le a malaga, muamua o le fa’atalatalanoaga (interview) ma le lua o toleniga, ma e le mafai ona malaga se tasi e na’o le tasi le vaega sa fa’amalieina. O le isi vaivaiga ua vaaia e le Ofisa mai iai latou o lo o malaga, o mafaufauga ma le vaai mamao i le lumanai pe tua i fea le lumanai o ia avanoa, ae i le to’atele ua na’o le seleni lava e talanoa ai, e aunoa se tasi e agai se manatu i le tulaga tau pisinisi e iloa ai le fa’aauauina pea o le a manuia, pe a o’o ina le toe filifilia e malaga i le lumana’i. Ua filifilia le fomai ia Tanya Petaia na te vaaia atoa siaki o e ua talosaga (Full Medical Check) ia mautinoa le aunoa ma se tasi e filifila e malaga a’o nofo ma se gasegase e lepetia ai lona soifua. Ua fa’atulaga foi Tausaga o e agava’a i ia galuega e aofia ai le 21 tausaga aga’i atu i le 40 tausaga, ma e na’o i latou o lo o fa’auauina pea ona malaga mai le tele o Tausaga ua mavae ua silia ma le 40 tausaga e tatala ai le avanoa e malaga pea e tusa ai ma le manaoga ma mo’omiaga a kamupani o lo o fa’afaigaluegaina....

Faaalia oa o loo gafataulimaina e tina o le SPBD Tusia - Taunuuga Toatasi E pei ona masani ai le Fa...Read More

Faaalia oa o loo gafataulimaina e tina o le SPBD Tusia - Taunuuga Toatasi E pei ona masani ai le Faalapotopotoga i tausaga taitasi, talu ona amata lenei faaaliga, o se taumafaiga ina ia mafai ai ona faatasi sui o le S.P.B.D, e le gata i le faaaliga o a latou galuega fai, a o se avanoa foi e feiloai ai ma fefaasoaai sui i agavaa ma tomai i le gaosia o isi meataulima. E le gata i lea a o se avanoa foi e faamalosia ai le va fealoaloai o sui o le faalapotopotoga, ina ia agai ai i luma ma atili siitia ai le tomai latou te maua i le gaosia o meataulima ma isi tomai, faatasi ai ma le fesoasoani faaauau a le S.P.B.D e ala i seleni e nōnō atu mo i latou. Na molimauina le agai atu o nisi o le mamalu o le atunuu mo faatauga, aemaise o le tagatagai foi i nisi o oloa ua mafai ona gaosia e tina ma tamaitai. E le gata i lea, a o taumafai eseese na gaosia lava i le nofoaga o loo i ai lea faleaiga poo lea tama’i maketi a tina ma tamaitai. E mo le silafia o i latou o loo i totonu o lea polokalame, o tina ma tamaitai ia e le’o i ai ni galuega e galulue ai. Peitai o le polokalame lea o loo faaosofia ai lo latou ola tautua i totonu o latou aiga, e ala i le faiga lea o a latou pisinisi laiti e fesoasoani ai i le atinaeina o le tamaoaiga o latou aiga. E pei lava ona saunoa le Peresitene o le Faalapotopotoga, Susuga Gregory Casagrande e faapea, e tusa ma le fitu afe (7,000) tagata faipisinisi laiti o loo i lalo o le polokalame, lea o loo i totonu o Samoa. O lenei faaaliga e le gata o le faaalia ai o meataulima ma oloa o loo gaosia e i latou nei, a o le faaaliga lea o le matalasi ma le matagofie o oloa o loo gafataulimaina ma i latou, lea o loo maua ai pea le manatu e faia pea ma faaauau ai pea le faatinoina o pisinisi laiti, o le faaopoopo lea a le Peresitene. Na faaalia le agaga fiafia o le Susuga i le Peresitene, ona o loo mataituina le naunautaiga o ia faipisinisi laiti, ina ia siitia atili lo latou tomai ma agavaa e gaosia ma fausia ai oloa o loo latou faatinoa, ma atili maua atu ai vaega tupe mo le faatupeina o a latou pisinisi....

10 tausaga o le Pulega tutoatasi a le Tinemu Tusia Taunuuga Toatasi O le tausaga lenei 2017, e atoa...Read More

10 tausaga o le Pulega tutoatasi a le Tinemu Tusia Taunuuga Toatasi O le tausaga lenei 2017, e atoa e iai le 10 tausaga talu ona Tutoatasi le Tineimu. O le tausaga e 2007 na vavae ese mai ai le Tineimu mai le Matagaluega o Leoleo, ma aloaia ai loa i lalo le Tulafono o Tineimu ma Faalavelave Tutupu Faafuasei. I le faamanatuina ai la o le 10 tausaga talu ona tutoatasi le Pulega aemaise o le tautua a alii ma tamaitai tineimu i totonu o le atunuu, na faatautaia ai se sauniga i le Ofisa o le Tineimu i le Aso Faraile 5 o Me 2017. Na auai nisi o le mamalu o le atunuu, sui mai le Malo, aemaise o aoga na faatinoina nisi o polokalame e saga faamatagofie ai lea aso. I le saunoaga a le Afioga i le Palemia, Susuga Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, na ia saunoa ai e faapea, o le faiga faavae i le vavae ese mai lea o le Tineimu mai le Matagaluega o Leoleo, ua mafai ai ona faasafua atu le auaunaga i le atunuu atoa. “Ua mafai ona faasafua, na i lo le tulaga sa iai muamua sa na o le lima maila faatafafa mai le taulaga o Apia.” Na saunoa foi le Afioga i le Palemia, i nisi o faalavelave sa mafai ona tali atu ai lea auaunaga faatineimu e ala i faalavelave faafuasei lea na tulai i tausaga ua mavae. O ia faalavelave tetele sa tutupu sa taulamua ai le Pulega i auauanga fesoasoani, e aofia ai le mu o le faletalimalo o le Tanoa Tusitala i le tausaga e 2009. O le Tsunami lea na faatamaia ai nisi o vaega o le atunuu i le tausaga lava lea e tasi, 2009. O le afa o Eveni i le tausaga e 2012, o le mu o le Flea Maketi i le tausaga e 2016, o le malaia ai o tane suauu i Matautu i le tausaga na sei mavae atu nei, 2016, faatasi ai ma le mu o le Fale Sii Oloa Atoa o Amau i le tausaga lava lea e 2016. Mai i nei faalavelave tutupu faafuasei tetele, a e le tuua ai le tatua a le Pulega i faalavelave e tali atu ai i aso taitasi i le sami ma le laueleele. E le gata i lea a o gasegase faafuasei e manaomia ai le auaunaga a le taavale mo gasegase tigaina poo le ambulance. Na momoli le agaga faafetai o le Afioga i le Palemia, i le auaunaga aemaise o le tautua o loo faatinoina e alii ma tamaitai tinemu i totonu o le atunuu. “E momoli atu le agaga faafetai o le Malo i a tatou paaga i le fesoasoani mai i le tau atinaeina o lenei auaunaga.” E le gata i lea, ae na faamauina foi le agaga faafetai i Matagaluega a le Malo, Pisinisi Tumaoti ma paaga uma a le Pulega o Tineimu o loo galulue faatasi aua se atunuu saogalemu. E mo le silafia ua i ai nisi o auaunaga faatineimu i le motu tele i Salafai, aemaise foi o totonu lava o Upolu, ona o le naunautaiga o le Pulega, ina ia vave ona tali atu le Ofisa pe a tutupu mai ni faalavelave faafuasei e moomia ai le auaunaga. I le faamanatuina ai o le 10 tausaga, na faatautaia ai nisi o polokalame mo tamaiti aoga, e pei ona auai atu ai nisi o aoga tulagalua i totonu o le taulaga. O le Afioga i le Minisita Lagolago o le Pulega, Afioga Peseta Vaifou Tevaga, lea na feulaina le keke e faamanatu ai le atoaga o le 10 tausaga talu ona tutoatasi le Pulega o le Tinemu....

Folasia galuega a tina mai Uafato Fagaloa Tusia - TaunuugaToatasi E ui i le mamao ai o le afioaga o...Read More

Folasia galuega a tina mai Uafato Fagaloa Tusia - TaunuugaToatasi E ui i le mamao ai o le afioaga o Uafato i Fagaloa, ae na mafai lava ona malaga mai tina e faaalia a latou meataulima i le faaaliga a le S.P.B.D (South Pacific Business Development Microfinance). O lea faaaliga na faatautaia lea mo le lua aso i Apia i le aso 4-5 o Me 2017. E ui i le timu aemaise o tulaga tau i femalagaiga, ae lei tuua ai le fia auai mai o tina o le afioaga o Uafato i Fagaloa mo lea faaaliga. E mo le silafia o lea faaaliga e mo tina faipisinisi laiti o loo ilalo o le polokalame a le S.P.B.D, lea e silia ma le 200 le aofai o tina faipisinisi laiti o loo auai. O le Centre iUafato e pei ona iai tina sa faaalia a latou meataulima aemaise o isi oa faalenatura na gaosia lava e tina, lea na molimauina i lea aso, faatasi ai ma isi Centres i totonu o le atunuu. E pei ona faailoa mai e le Failautusi o lea Centre, le tina iaSinavaituli Tuimalatu Salesa e faapea, o le lua ai lenei o tausaga, talu ona resitalaina i lalo o le S.P.B.D. Peitai o le latou auai i lea polokalame, e faailoa atu ai i le atunuu le taua o le galulue faatasi o se afioaga, aua le atinaeina o pisinisi laiti e pei ona i ai taumafaiga a tina o le afioaga. O le taimi muamua foi lea ua auai tina mai Uafato i le faaaliga lea a le Faalapotopotoga e pei ona taua e le Susuga i le failautusi. “O se avanoa taua lea mo i matou e faaalia i a matou oloa, e ui o loo iai a matou pisinisi laiti i totonu o le flea maketi.” E ese foi le lagona latou pe a faatasi ma isi komiti mai isi afioaga, i taumafaiga e faaali ma faatau atu a matou oloa ma meataulima i le mamalu o le atunuu, o le faaopoopo lea a Sinavaituli. O se tasi foi lenei auala e pei ona faaalia e le Failautusi, e faailoa ai le galulue faatasi o le latou nuu i le gaosiaina lea o meataulima e maua ai seleni. “O le gaosia o meataulima o se meaalofa a le Atua mo tagata o le matou nuu, amata mai lava i tua’a ua mavae seia oo mai i le taimi lenei.” O le gaosiaina o meataulima e le o se galuega a se aiga se tasi, poo se tagata se toatasi. “E taufaigalulue le nuui le gaosiaina o meataulima.” E iai nisi o pisinisi ma faletalimaloitotonu o le atunuu lea nafaailoamai e le tinaiaSinavaituli, o loo latousapalaiinamaimeataulima. O iapisinisi ma faletalimalo e aofiaai le SSAB, Faletalimalo o le Elisa, Taumeasina Island Resort faatasiai ma le Janet’s Handicrafts. O iapisinisi ma faletalimalo e peionataua e le tamaitaiFailautusi, o le teleia o latouoka e faatoaiatui le tulaga lea o meataulima. E iai lava le tagata e faatoaiai le oka a lea pisinisi poo lea faletalimaloona logo lea o aiga o loo gaosiameataulimainaiafaatofutofusiaumaaiga ma le meataulimalatoutegaosia, o le faaopoopo lea a le tamaitaifailautusi. “O le tele o lima e mama ai se avega.” E pei o le mautauave lea o le afioaga, inaiafaafaigofieonafaatino le galuega, aua o le gaosiaina o meataulima e toateletagata e tatauonagalulueai. E tele le tupemaua a le aigai le gaosiaina lea o meataulima e peionafaaalia e Sinavaituli. “E ooatui le $1000 le tupe a le aiga e mauai le vaiasope a malolosi e gaosimeataulimamofaletalimalo ma pisinisi lea o loo moomiaai.” A laititi le tupe e mauai le vaiaso e peionafaaalia e Sinavaituli e $500.00....

Sa’olotoga o tusitala ma le Tautua Fesoasoani i le atunuu Tusia - Tusiga Peseta Taofiga O le aso ...Read More

Sa’olotoga o tusitala ma le Tautua Fesoasoani i le atunuu Tusia - Tusiga Peseta Taofiga O le aso tolu o Me i Tausaga ta’itasi e fa’amanatuina ai le taua o le sao ma le Tautua a Tusitala ma le Au’fa’asalalau i le lalolagi atoa, e aofia ai ma le va’ili’iliina o ona matafaioi tau’ave e iloa ai le tumatila o lona sao i le unaia o le fa’alauiloaina o atina’e ma taumafaiga a so’o se Malo, i lea taimi i lea taimi. Na momoli le fa’afetai fa’apitoa a lana Afioga le Palemia o Samoa, i le Tautua matavela a tusitala i Samoa, ua afua ai ona televave le silafia ma le iloa o le atunuu atoa i suiga matagofie ua o’o iai le finau a le Malo ma ona ta’ita’i. Saunoa lana Afioga le Palemia e le faigofie le galuega fa’atusitala, aua latou te lipotia fa’amaumauga i itu e leaga ma itu e lelei ai le Tautua a so’o se itutino i le atunuu. “E tulaga 24 Samoa i le lalolagi, i le saolotoga o tusitala o lona uiga e le faigofie le auaunaga ma le sa’olotoga o lo o iai Samoa, pe a fua ia Amerika ma Falani e 40 aga’i i lalo, o le pinefa’amau o le ‘uti’uti o le avanoa e fa’asao ai le mea moni, ae amuia Samoa ma ona tusitala, o lo o tu’u avanoa iai ta’ita’i o le atunuu tusa lava po’o le a le to’atuga o fa’aupuga lafoa’i”. I le fa’amantuina o le aso fanau o tusitala i Samoa, na momoli ai le fa’afetai a le sui o le UN, i le lagolago malosi a i latou na mua i malae i lea matata, ua mautinoa le tu’umaualugaina o lea tiute i le Vaaiga fa’aletagata. Saunoa Misa Vicky Lepou o le o lo o fa’auluulu iai le Polokalame o Tusitala ma Fa’asalalauga i le Iunivesite Aoao o Samoa e fa’apea, e tele i latou na mua i malae, ua afu la latou Tautua i lenei galuega, ma i le taimi nei e le’o iai se fa’ailoga maualuga e fa’auuina ai se tasi o le a a’oa’oina i le Iunivesite, peita’i o le mautinoa ai o le tele o le afu sisina ua pau ona o le Galulue malosi o tusitala, ua ma’ea ai nisi o fe’utana’iga i le lumana’i o le a Sailiga nisi o fa’ailoga maualuluga i lea lava matata i le Iunivesite, ma ua iai foi nisi o avanoa sikolasipi ua ma’ea fa’ata’oto mo nisi o alo ma fanau Samoa o le a aoaoina lea matata. I nisi o le atunuu na momoli le latou fa’amalo i le loto toa o e ua tula’i i ia tofiga e finauina le fa’amatu’uina atu o fa’amatalaga atoatoa ma le moni mo le silafia e le atunuu ma ona tagata....

Malupuipuia, saogalemu ma fou mo le fofogataumafa Tusia - TaunuugaToatasi Talu mai ona faasaina e l...Read More

Malupuipuia, saogalemu ma fou mo le fofogataumafa Tusia - TaunuugaToatasi Talu mai ona faasaina e le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina fuamoa auina maiAmerika ua faapopoleina ai nisi o le mamalu o le atunuu. Peitai, ua faaali a manino e le Tanumapua Sun Choice Eggs, e faamanino mai i le atunuu e leai se tulaga e faapopoleina ai, aua o loo malu puipuia, saogalemu ma fou fuamoa o loo latou sapalaiina mo le fofoga taumafa o le atunuu. E pei ona taulimaina ai e le Ofisa o le Savali se Pepa o Faamatalaga mai lea Kamupani e faailoa mai ai le lelei atoatoa o le fuamoa o loo latou sapalaiina nai lo fuamoa o loo auina mai atunuu ifafo. O le AsoToanai 6 o Me 2017, na mafai ai ona asia e le vasega o tusitala ma le au faasalalau le nofoaga o loo i Tanumapua, lea o loo iai le nofoaga mautu o moa o loo tuufua e sapalai mai ai e lea kamupani fuamoa mo faleoloa ma pisinisi i totonu o le atunuu. O le Tanumapua Sun Choice Eggs o se tasi lea o Kamupania Ah Liki, lea o loo sapalaiina mai fuamoa i totonu lava o le atunuu. E pei ona faaalia e le Pulega o le Kamupani a Ah Likii se pepa o faamatalaga na tuuina mai e faapea, o Samoa ma atunuu tuaoi, e saoloto mai i le tele o faama’i ogaoga o loo maua i Amerika. Na faaalia foi e faapea, o tama’imoa o loo auina mai Niu Sila mo lea atinae, o loo faatino muamua tui puipui (vaccination) ae e lei tuuina i le vaalele ma auina mai ai i Samoa. “O loo faaauau pea ona vaaia ma siaki lelei e le Fomai Manu mai Niu Sila, faatasi ai ma le fesoasoani malosi a le Matagaluega o faatoaga ma Faiga-Faiva.” E le mafai ona tuuaunoaina e Kamupani o loo auina mai ai moa, meaai a moa maiNiuSila le atinae e peionafaaalia. Na faaalia foi e faapea, o loo fai lava ma asia le atinae, ina ia mautinoa o loo sologa lelei aemaise o le saogalemu o le faatinoina o le atinae. E mo le silafia e le atunuu, o le ono (6) ai lenei o tausagat alu ona faatautaia e lea Kamupani lea atinae i totonu lava o Tanumapua. “O le matou tautinoga, ua mafai lava ona faalagolago lo tatou Atunuu i fuamoa o loo atina’eina i Samoa nei; ona ua mafai ma gafatia lava e atina’e fuamoa o loo i le atunuu, ona faaauau le faamalieina o manaoga o le atunuu, nai loo le faalagolago i fuamoa e auina mai i Amerika.” O fuafuaga a le kamupani mo le lumanai, e pei ona faaalia e le Pulega,ua faataoto ai alafua mo le siitia o le itu tau faatoagai le atunuu, e ala lea i le auina atu i isi atunuu tuaoi (export) o fuamoa o loo faatinoina lava i Samoa. “O loo nofo sauni pea lau kamupani, e talia manaoga a le atunuu, e le gata i fuamoa ao nisi foi o fua o faaeleeleaga o loo faaatina’eina lava i le lotoifale o si o tatou atunuu nei.” Na faafetaia ai foi e le Pulega le Malo aemaise Matagaluega o loo gafa ma le malu puipuia o faamai ogaoga ma iniseti faalafua e faaono oo mai i totonu o le atunuu, ma aafia ai faatoaga ma atina’e lafu manu....

Auala faigofie e fa’aititia ai seleni alu Tusia - Tusiga Peseta Taofiga O le fa’aiuga o le vaia...Read More

Auala faigofie e fa’aititia ai seleni alu Tusia - Tusiga Peseta Taofiga O le fa’aiuga o le vaiaso ua mavae na taunuu mai ai i ‘ele’ele o Samoa, fomai tipitipi mai le Malo o Niu Sila, e tautua ma Galulue ai mo sina taimi i o tatou falema’i. O ia fomai e fitoitonu lo latou matafaioi i le fatu, ona ua vaaia e le Malo le saoasaoa o i latou e tu’uina atu i atunuu i fafo mo togafitiga e a’afia i gasegase o le fatu. Saunoa lana Afioga le Ta’ita’i o le Atunuu o ia foi o le Palemia ia Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr Sailele Malielegaoi e fa’apea, ua leva ona silasila mamao le Malo i lea fa’amoemoe, ma e le fou foi, o le mea moni ua tele seleni fa’aalu a Samoa i le tu’uina atu o o tatou tagata mo togafitiga, a’o lea e iai le auala talafeagai toe vave. “E le tasi se mafua’aga na a’e ai le tofa i le Malo ina ia tu’uina mai fomai mai Niu Sila e galulue mo Samoa, muamua o le agaga alofa i aiga o i latou o lo o a’afia i ma’i, aua e ‘ese le seleni e totogi e le Malo, ‘ese foi le tupe e fa’aagaga e le aiga mo le tausiga o le gasegase, lua sa’ili fa’alumaga iai le tele o fomai Samoa, se’i vaai tino i le fa’atinoga o le galuega ma le mo’omiaga talafeagai e ao ona ave iai le fa’amuamua, i le ma le tu’uititia ai o le tupe totogi e le Malo mai Tausaga ta’itasi, a’o lea o lo o tele nisi o fa’amoemoega e ao ona ave foi iai le fa’amuamua mo le fa’atupeina.” O le Afioga ia Papali’i se tasi o tamali’i o le atunuu, o lo o avea ma so’otaga i le va o Samoa ma Niu Sila i fe’utana’iga mo le fa’aleleia atili o le auaunaga ma le Fesoasoani ofoina mai a lea atunuu mo o tatou tagata. E ‘ese mai ai i lea fa’amoemoe ae o lo o fa’aauauina pea ona tu’uina atu le tele o nisi o gasegase mo togafitiga i Samoa mo Aotearoa ma Initia, ae o le miti a le Malo i le lumana’i o le a tele se avanoa e fa’amatu’u mai ai nisi o fomai i tomai fa’apitoa ‘ese’ese o gasegase i Samoa, mo le togafitia o nai o tatou tagata nuu....

Teena e le Palemia le mau ua afua le fa’atalitane ona ua mativa Samoa Tusia - Tusiga Peseta Taofig...Read More

Teena e le Palemia le mau ua afua le fa’atalitane ona ua mativa Samoa Tusia - Tusiga Peseta Taofiga I nisi o fa’amaumauga a le Fa’alapotopotoga o Malo Au-Fa’atasi i le latou lipoti e tusa ai ma a latou su’esu’ega, ua fa’amauina ai le 400 o tama’ita’i Samoa, ua fa’atinoina uiga fa’atalitane ma i le mafua’aga o lea mataupu, ona o le mau e mativa Samoa, e le gafatia e le tamaoaiga ua maua ona fa’amalieina le mo’omiaga o aso faiso’o. Na fa’asalalauina i Nusipepa ma Ala-Fa’asalalau nisi o Vaega o lenei lipoti, ma sa iloga ona tu’ipalaina ai le mativa masaesae e afua ona o le fa’aletonu o le tamaoaiga o Samoa o lo o iai i le taimi nei. Ina ua Fesiligia lana Afioga le Palemia e tusa ai ma lea Mataupu, na ia fa’amatalatalaina ai le a’afiaga o lo o iai i totonu o lenei lipoti, ma ia fa’alautele ai le mau o se lapisi ua tulafoa’ina. “Tatou tulimata’i Amerika ma lona tamaoaiga, o se atunuu pito sili ona mauoa i le lalolagi, le fa’atusalia ia Samoa, a’o le a le Vaaiga o lo o iai, silia ma le afe ma afe o tama’ita’i ma alii o lo o fa’atinoina tulaga fa’atalitane, e matua sili atu le sese o lenei mau pe a tu’uaia le mativa ua afua ai lea Vaaiga, aua e le mafai e so’o se tasi ona pulea manaoga o le tino i aso ta’itasi”. “O le talitane e afua mai le loto ua tuinanau i vaivaiga o le olaga, tusa pe maumea pe mativa, ae leaga o le natura ua tamau i le soifuaga fa’aletagata soifua”.Saunoa lana Afioga le Palemia, e le’i faitau i lenei lipoti ma e mautinoa lava, pe sa’o pe sese lea lipoti e le afaina ai fua le tulaga ta’uleleia o se Malo ua iai ona o fa’alonoga e afua mai le mana’o o le loto tuinanau, ae e leai se feso’ota’iga o le mativa ma le talitane. I atunuu e mamao o lo o fa’amauina ai le tele o nisi o atunuu o le atu-Aferika ua maliliu ona o le matitiva ae le’o foia ai lava le fanafanau pea o tina ma tama’ita’i, e fa’apena foi i atunuu mauoa ma lelei tamaoaiga e aofia ai Amerika ma Peretania, o se pine fa’amau e mautinoa ai o le talitane e le pito tasi i se atunuu....

Fallen Firefighters remembered on world Firefighters Day By: Seia Ualesi Samoa’s Fire and Emergen...Read More

Fallen Firefighters remembered on world Firefighters Day By: Seia Ualesi Samoa’s Fire and Emergency Service Authority (FESA) last week commemorated World Firefighters Day; connecting our small island nation’s firefighters with millions of firefighters around the world. Celebrations started with a fun, ten kilometer marathon for all firefighters and civilians before an official ceremony was held at FESA HQ where Prime Minister and Minister of FESA Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi spoke to a large gathering of community and government representatives. “We are all here today to acknowledge and honour all firefighters past and present who contributed their lives to ensure the protection of all.” The special day was also a double celebration as it marked the 10th Anniversary Year of the Fire and Emergency Service Authority in Samoa. “Since they started, they have been involved in many emergencies, among them the 2009 Tsunami, Cyclone Evan in 2012, the flea market fire and Oil Tank Explosion in 2016 as well as the Chan Mow Wholesale fire....

Faamanatu le Aso Faavaomalo moTusitala ma le Au Faasalalau TusiaTaunuugaToatasi Ua amata faagasol...Read More

Faamanatu le Aso Faavaomalo moTusitala ma le Au Faasalalau TusiaTaunuugaToatasi Ua amata faagasolo polokalame a le Asosi Tusitala ma le le Au Faasalalau e faamanatuina ai lo latou Aso Faavaomalo. O le masina lenei o Me e faamanatu ai e atunuu uma o le lalolagi le taua o le galuega faatusitala ma le au faasalalau i totonu o latou atunuu. O le Aso 3 o Me 2017, na auai atu ai nisi o tusitala ma le au faasalalau e molimauina nisi o polokalame na faalauiloaina e amatalia ai le faamanatuina o lenei aso faavaomalo. E mo le silafia, o le masina atoal enei o le a faagasolo ai polokalame, e aofia ai a’oa’oga mo tusitala ma le au faasalalau e mataituina ai le faagasologa o a latougaluega. O le amata ai o polokalame faagasolo mo lea aso faamanatu na faalauiloa ai nisi o vaega sa feagai ma le Asosi aemaise o le Aoga faatusitala i totonu o le Iunivesite Aoao o Samoa, i poloketi sa feagai ma i latou e faatataui le taua ma le aoga o le galuega o loo faatino. O le sini autu mo le faamanatuina o lenei aso, o le, “Critical Minds for Critical times”. O vaega e pei ona faatauaina i lea aso faapitoa, o le faatauaina lea o tulaga tau i fesootaiga e faaaogaina ai nisi o vaega i luga o le initaneti. O iavaega e aofiaai le facebook, You tube, ma isiauaunaga o loo mauaai le avanoa e fesootaiai ma aiga ma uo. O le faatauaina ai la e le Asosi o ia auaunaga, na faalauiloa faalauaitele ai ma le taua o nei auaunaga mo le mamalu o le atunuu. E pei on afaamamafa mai i lea faasalalauga le popolega e pei ona iai le Asosi, ona e le’o toe lilo le tulaga e pei ona laualuga ai nisi o faasalalauga i nisi foi o loo faaaogaina ia auaunaga i o latou manatu faaalia aemaise o le faifai lea o isi i nisi o tagata. E pei la ona toe aumai le faamanatu a le Asosi, ina ia faaaoga tatau ai ia auaunaga e fesootai ai i aiga, uo ma e masani. E le gatai lea, a o lonaaogamofefaatauaigaaemaise o faalavelave e onotutupufaafuasei, onaaoga lea mofesootaigafaavavave. E mo le silafia o le vaiasolenei o loo faagasoloai pea faalauiloaaemaise o polokalamefaagasolomo le au tusitala ma le au faasalalau e faatauainaai pea le latousao, i le tuuinaatu lea o faamatalagamo le silafia e le atunuu. E pei lava onasilafia le galuegaa le au tusitala ma le au faasalalaui le tuuinaatu lea o faamatalaga, aemaise o nisi o auaunaga o loo faatinoina, e auaunagaaii le atunuuaemaise o tagatataitoatasi. E mo le silafiafoi, o leneigaluegafaatusitala ma le faasalalau e peionasaunoaiai le sui o le U.N.E.S.C.O, SusugaNisha e faapea, e taua le galuegafaatusitalaitotonu o soo se atunuu, aemaise lava le tuulaga lea o le saoloto o le lipotia lea o mea o loo tutupuitotonu o atunuutaitasi....

Fa’atumauina le fusi o le paga mamafa ia Lupesoliai Joseph Parker Tusia – Tusiga Peseta Taofiga...Read More

Fa’atumauina le fusi o le paga mamafa ia Lupesoliai Joseph Parker Tusia – Tusiga Peseta Taofiga Ua manumalo le tamali’i o le atunuu le Afioga ia Lupesoliai La’aulialemalietoa Joseph Parker i le uluai puipuiga o le fusi o le paga mamafa i le faipelega, ina ua ia fa’atoilaloina Razvan Cojanu o Romania i ai. O se ta’aloga na tele ai nisi o tusitusiga fa’aseā, a’o lei fa’ataunuuina lea fa’amoemoe e afua ona o le tulaga maualalo o Cojanu, a’o lea ua talia e Lupesoliai lana talosaga mo se la iloiloga. I le ma’ea ai o le 12 ta’amilosaga, na matua tutuli ai taliga o le to’atele o e na molimauina lea fusuaga ma o latou fa’ailoa ai, o se fusuaga le manaia, pe a fa’atusa i le malosi na fa’afetoai ai e le siamupini o le paga mamafa le tulaga 14 i le lalolagi. I luga o upega tafa’ilagi, na lologo ai tala feavea’i i le malele ai o upu a Cojanu, ma ia fa’atusaina ai Lupesoliai o se tama’imoa (se’i tulou), ua le mafai ona fa’atino lona naunautaiga ina ia sola ma le fusi, ona o le solasola ese ma ia i le malae. Fa’ailoa e le NZ Herald a’o lumanai lea fa’amoemoe, ua vaaia le mavaevae ai o so’otaga o sui e to’alua o lo o pulea le Duco Events, o lo o feagai ma le fa’alauiloaina o fusuaga a Lupesoliai. Saunoa Parker, ua tele nisi o lape ma futia sa lapelapea ai lana Tapenaga, e aofia ai ma le fete’ena’iga i le va o ia ta’iulu e to’alua, peita’i sa le’i silasila i ia vaivaiga, ae sa taumafai pea ina ia fa’atumauina le fusi ia te ia ma ona eleele. Fa’aalia finagalo o nisi, e tele se ‘ese’esega o le fusu a Lupesoliai ma Joshua ma e lagonaina lava e tino le iai o le a’afi’aga o lea tamali’i ma lana tautua i le lumana’i pe a le lelei ona fa’ata’oto ma fuafuaina tatau le Manulauti ma le Vaaiga taula’i i le fa’atinoga o lana taleni. O le fusuaga mulimuli lea a Lupesoliai, ao le’i se’e atu lona sa e Iloilo ai ma le tele o nisi o e iloga i lea fa’agatama i totonu o Peretania ma Amerika. Na momoli foi le fa’afetai fa’apitoa a Lupesoliai La’aulialemalietoa Joseph Parker i le lagolago malosi a lona atunuu o Samoa, tauala atu i le Malo ma le seleni na ofoina e fa’atupeina ai nisi o tapenaga mo lea fa’amoemoe tele....

Thousands benefit from Vailima Water Treatment plant By: Seia Ualesi Located at Alaoa, the Vailima...Read More

Thousands benefit from Vailima Water Treatment plant By: Seia Ualesi Located at Alaoa, the Vailima Water Treatment Plant is providing clean and filtered water to thousands of families living in Papauta, Leufisa, Tanugamanono, part of Motootua and Nafanua. And this week, the Samoa Water Authority have transferred the families into the government which guarantees reliable hygienic water supply at all times. Said SWA’s Operation and Maintenance Engineer, Vagana Sitivi Faaea; “95% of the families living in the covered areas have been transferred to the new system. “There are a lot families still not connected to the new system and the Vailima Plant is to remedy that situation.” It is one of three plants that funded by the Government of Japan through its the Urban Consolidated Untreated Water Supply Rehabilitation. Completed last year, the plant was funded by a grant of $40.8 million tala grant from Tokyo channeled through the Apia based Japanese International Corporation Agency. The treatment facility has helped SWA increase access to clean, reliable and affordable water supplies for residents affected. And it has also improved water supply services by within Apia urban. Another component of the project is to provide upgrades of water intake facilities, transmission pipelines, distribution pipelines and meter installation. JICA. has provided Technical Assistance for S.W.A. through its funded Capacity Enhancement Project with Okinawa also known as C.E.P.S.O. (Capacity Enhancement Project for Samoa Water Authority in Cooperation with Okinawa.)...

Italy’s Ambassador presents Letters of Credence By: Seia Ualesi “I am pleased to accept your le...Read More

Italy’s Ambassador presents Letters of Credence By: Seia Ualesi “I am pleased to accept your letter of Credence from the President of the Republic of Italy accrediting you as the new Italian Ambassador to the Independent State of Samoa,” greeted Council of Deputies Tuimalealiifano Vaaleto’a Sualauvi II as his highness welcomes Italia’s Ambassador to Samoa His Excellency Frabizio Marcelli this week. “This coming May will mark 30 years since Italy and Samoa first established diplomatic relations since 1987,” continued Tuimalealiifano. “Samoa appreciates Italy’s support to the Pacific region in the areas of security renewable energy and particularly your government’s commitment to sustainable development which targets areas of significance to s mall island countries like Samoa in particular the areas of climate change and sea level rise and the consequential challenges of adaptation environmental degradation fisheries and regional security “Samoa and Italy continue to work side by side in the pursuit of shared interests and concern through the United Nations and its specialized agencies the Commonwealth of Nations and Dialogue Partner “We share similar values and principles in the promotion of basic human rights general disarmament, democracy international peace and security terrorism and contribution to conflict resolution “Wherever possible Samoa has also endeavored to support Italy’s candidatures for membership in various international organizations as it did in the United Nations Security Council Elections “I am confident that your office will assist in strengthening the warm relations that our countries presently enjoy and in promoting areas for further cooperation between our governments In response the Ambassador said that he his country looks forward to working with Samoa. “Italy is strongly committed to the new sustainable development agenda agreed upon in 2015, particularly in order to achieve goals 13 on climate action and goal 14 directed to conservation and sustainable use of oceans. Both targets correspond to immediate existential concerns for your country and the entire Pacific region,” he said. “Because of its awareness to environmental issues, Italy is deeply concerned by the situation of the Pacific Island States repositories of high biodiversity, when preserving the environment reflects indeed the collective interest of the international community “Italy seats this year in the Security Council of the United Nations thanks also to your support “We commend the role played by the Independent States of Samoa to ease frictions in this region “The Pacific Island Forum in Apia this September will be a good opportunity to assert that leadership “Italy is looking forward to participating in the post forum dialogue with the other partner countries Ambassador Frabizio Marcelli holds a law degree from the University of Rome and has held many posts of responsibility in the various Embassies of Italy. In 1991, Marcelli was appointed Second Secretary for Trade at the Italian Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar and later on went to become the Consul of Italy in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 1995 and in Cologne Germany in 1999. A year later 2000 Marcelli returned to Rome to serve in the Weapons Export Authorizing Unit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and was later appointed Counselor at the Division for the Mediterranean and Middle East countries particularly the Libyan Desk. In the year 2007 Marcelli was posted as the Head of the Human Rights Unit at the Italian MFA unit in 2014 he took up his recent appointment as Italian Ambassador to Somalia...

Fuluasou Hydro power project groundbreaks By: Seia Ualesi $74 million is the total cost of the Hyd...Read More

Fuluasou Hydro power project groundbreaks By: Seia Ualesi $74 million is the total cost of the Hydro Power plant which will be constructed at Fuluasou At the groundbreaking ceremony Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi in his keynote address highlighted the valuable contribution of the project to meeting Samoa’s future energy needs. He also alluded to the cost saving aspects which will reduce Samoa’s reliance on imported fossil fuel which now clocks at an alarming rate of 3.6million liters of diesel per year. “Lowering Samoa’s reliance on fossil fuels will help free up resources for other priority needs while improving national energy security and sustainability,” Tuilaepa said. “I cannot over emphasized the importance of having clean energy technology for small island countries like Samoa in fact we have set ourselves an ambitious target of 100% renewable energy by the year of 2020 The Fuluaso hydro power project added the Prime Minister is a step further towards realizing Samoa’s social and economic aspiration. And he applauded the initiative from the development partners who have helped Samoa realized this crucial investment for future generations. “On behalf of the government and the people of Samoa acknowledged with sincere gratitude the contribution of the New Zealand government, Asian Development Bank, European Union and others. The E.U. is providing a $USD5.06 million grant, with the Government of New Zealand adding a $USD2.49 million grant to fund the initiative. The grants have increased the overall project investment from the original US$23.83 million to US$32.59 million (T$74million). The Government of Samoa is providing $USD5.63 million in complement support. NZ Foreign Affairs Minister Tupai Murray McCully spoke on behalf of his country’s aid reflecting the never ending support of New Zealand government through this hydro power project “We supported Samoa to open what was the largest solar farm in the Pacific, saving 1.1m litres of diesel annually, worth approximately NZ$2 million,” said New Zealand Foreign Minister, Tupa’i Murray McCully. The Fuluasou Hydro Power plant has a capacity of 0.68 megawatts. Tenatively the Fulasou Hydro Power will be commissioned by December this year....

Tanumalala Prison to ground break soon By Nanai Taofiga Laveitiga Tuiletufuga A ground breaking cer...Read More

Tanumalala Prison to ground break soon By Nanai Taofiga Laveitiga Tuiletufuga A ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the new prison at Tanumalala, will take place in May. Minister of Prisons and Correctional Services Ti’alavea Tionisio Hunt confirmed that plans to build the new Tanumalala Prison Complex will proceed in May. And they are now advertising the post of project manager. Already, there is access to both water and electricity at the site. Landscaping is almost completed. The new complex will have separate holding cells for women inmates remanded in custody awaiting court proceedings. It will also provide reforms and rehabilitation with workshops for the prisoners to learn trade skills, not to mention a multi-purpose hall. Construction will take 8 months for the facility which will have the capacity to house 6 to 700 inmates both male and female. But the Minister says that tentatively if everything goes as planned, the new Tanumalala Complex should be partly in use by January next year. The new prison complex is funded by a $10 million loan from the Unit Trust of Samoa and has been approved by Cabinet....

Samoa highlights strides in gender equality at UN meet The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Ac...Read More

Samoa highlights strides in gender equality at UN meet The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action has become the global benchmark against which progress on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is measured. Samoa’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Aliioaiga Feturi Elisaia shared how Samoa has adopted to inclusive development in his presentation at the Commission on the Status of Women 61st Session in New York. “As part of our on-going localisation effort, let me share how we have “Samoanised” the Beijing Platform since we met last March,” said Elisaia. “But like all multilateral frameworks, unless individual countries localise the targets and integrate them into national strategies and implement them faithfully, it will be difficult if not impossible for our women and girls to realise and benefit directly from the aspirational goals in the Platform of Action. Elisaia raised concerns that although being a small developing country, Samoa has been able to adapt to sustainable development and promoted gender equality. “Our vulnerabilities as a small island developing state have not deterred us from adopting a sustainable development framework that harnesses the importance of inclusive development and the meaningful engagement of all stakeholders in the process,” said Elisaia. “As a result, gender, human rights and disability are mainstreamed across sectors to promote gender equality and equal opportunities for women, young people including persons with disabilities,” he added. Elisaia also mentioned that Samoa has seen women and girls as powerful agents of change in their own right and must be an integral part of the solutions as they have a transformative and multiplier effect on sustainable development. Elisaia presented some notable strides that has been made in the empowerment of women over the last 12 months in Samoa. There is an initiative that targets vulnerable populations called “Small Business Incubator model to strengthen youth entrepreneurship and supporting people into jobs program”. This scheme provides start-up funds, business sustainable development training, and mentoring support. “This initiative is focusing initially on families with children who vend in public spaces, persons with disabilities and women in the rural areas.” “We also launched last year in December a national program called “Supporting Samoa’s Children Initiative (SSCI)”. This is a coordinated approach involving all key stakeholders like government ministries, National Council of Churches, Village representatives and the Private Sector. This initiative has a two-fold goal to ensure the safety of these children by giving the parents and the whole family training on how to run and operate a Small Family Business from the comfort of “HOME’, and to ensure that children are both safe and realising their right to an education and that social challenges are supported. Basic business training and psycho-social support programs have commenced in February this year. Elisaia also emphasized the ongoing community advocacy programme at the village level to “End Violence against Women” which is a multi-partnership one that is based on the Samoan Traditional Learning Methods. To date more than 44,000 men, women, youth and children have already participated. Another project that Elisaia mentioned was the “Samoa Women Shaping Development Gender” that is being conducted to a Follow-up prevalence study on Family Violence in Samoa which is expected to be launched mid-year once completed. The study will inform the finalization of the “Ending Violence Strategy for Samoa” including resource mobilization. “Our National Human Rights Institute has launched a 12 months National Inquiry with a focus on ‘Violence in the Samoan home’ be it in the extended communal setting or in the nuclear family unit. The primary focus will be on women and girls with attention also on the role and impact of violence on children as they grow up.” The aim of the project is to foster a national dialogue in identifying the root causes of violence, the impacts on those involved, human rights which are violated, and make suitable recommendations to address the problem. Elisaia also mentioned that the update will not be complete without a reference to the setting up of a focused Samoa Disability Program that has resulted in the completion of a CRPD [Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities] Legislative Compliance Review together with a cost Implementation Plan....

At the PIDC annual meeting in Apia in 2015 Immigration Directors return to Samoa By Nanai Taofiga L...Read More

At the PIDC annual meeting in Apia in 2015 Immigration Directors return to Samoa By Nanai Taofiga Laveitiga Tuiletufuga The Secretariat for the Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference (PIDC) is coming back to Apia for its 2017 annual general gathering. After their 2015 annual brainstorming in Apia, the PIDC’s 19 members from across the Pacific unanimously agreed to move its main office from Fiji to Samoa. And it has become a reality with the PIDC Secretariat launched this week and now located on the 3rd floor of the DBS building in downtown Apia. Over 100 delegates and regional stakeholders will be attending. Headed by Samoa’s Maumalo Ioane Alama, and his Deputy Akuila Ratu the PIDC Secretariat plays a vital role in facilitating the development of improved immigration services across the region....

Papalii becomes highest-ranking Diplomat in NZ By Lealaiauloto Aigaletaulealea F. Tauafiafi New D...Read More

Papalii becomes highest-ranking Diplomat in NZ By Lealaiauloto Aigaletaulealea F. Tauafiafi New Dean of the Diplomatic Corp, HE Leasi Papalii Scanlan with outgoing Dean, HE Tauveve Love Jacobsen and members of the Diplomatic Corp. (PACIFIC GUARDIAN); Samoa’s head of mission to New Zealand, High Commissioner H.E. Leasi Papalii Tommy Scanlan has also taken on the lead role for the foreign diplomatic community hosted by New Zealand. As Dean for the Diplomatic Corp, HE Leasi becomes the fifth highest ranking official in New Zealand Only Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy, PM Bill English, Speaker of the House, David Carter, and Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias are ranked ahead of him. It was a Pacific flavoured affair as outgoing Dean, Niue’s High Commissioner H.E. Tauveve Olove Jacobsen officially handed the ‘Deanship’ in a ceremony on 12 January, 2017. Mrs Jacobsen whose role for the Niue government ends in March will return to her homeland to run as a candidate in the Niue general election set for May this year. HE Leasi, will now lead the diplomatic community in its dealings with New Zealand on matters of ceremonial and administrative responsibilities and roles. Some of the key duties HE Leasi Scanlan will take on as Dean include: • attending official New Zealand ceremonies and commemorations on behalf of the corps (estimated at 10 to 15 per year); • speak on behalf of the corps at official New Zealand events such as Waitangi Day and Diplomatic tours • receive courtesy calls from arriving and departing Heads of Mission (est 20-25 per year) • attend National Days hosted by Diplomatic missions and other diplomatic functions (est 50-60 per year) DEAN FOR DIPLOMATIC CORPS: FULL LIST OF DUTIES Core duties • Liaise with the NZ Government through the Protocol Office on issues of interest to the Diplomatic Corps and communicate relevant information to the Dip Corps via all Heads of Mission, either by emails or at the bi-annual Dip Corps Meetings. • Formal and informal representations to the Government of NZ, on behalf of the Corps, particularly on issues relating to Protocol, Privileges and Immunities. • Attend official NZ Ceremonies and Commemorations on behalf of the Diplomatic Corps (Approx. 10 to 15 per year). • Speak on behalf of the Diplomatic Corps at official NZ events (e.g. Waitangi Day, Diplomatic Study tours) and as required, informally. • Receive courtesy calls from arriving and departing Heads of Mission, including non-resident Missions (Approx. 20 to 25 per year). • Liaise with various DC Groups and Sub-groups, like the Dip Corps Spouses Group. • Liaise with Consular Corps as well as Missions accredited to, but not resident in, NZ....

ADB Expands Presence in Samoa (Press Release)-A six-member delegation from the Asian Development Ba...Read More

ADB Expands Presence in Samoa (Press Release)-A six-member delegation from the Asian Development Bank’s (A.D.B) Board of Directors joined the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi to inaugurate A.D.B’s new Extended Mission in Samoa yesterday evening. The Mission is located at the Central Bank of Samoa building. “A.D.B’s financing has helped Samoa to achieve development results for the focal sectors it is engaged in,” said Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. “The new A.D.B Extended Mission will allow us to collectively better respond to the development needs of the people of Samoa.” In establishing their extended presence in Samoa, A.D.B and the World Bank Group are reaffirming their commitment to the country. The office marks the deepening relationship between both multilateral banks with the government of Samoa. It will better enable the banks to bring their collective international experiences to bear fruit, provide more effective support and responsiveness on the ground, and maintain regular and close dialogue with the government, civil society, project beneficiaries, and other stakeholders on development issues. The A.D.B Extended Mission for Samoa assists the government in implementing its development strategy until 2020. The strategy, titled Accelerating Sustainable Development and Broadening Opportunities for All, through activities outlined in A.D.B's Pacific Approach will focus on energy, information and communication technology (ICT), agribusiness, and public sector management. A six-member delegation from the Asian Development Bank’s (A.D.B) Board of Directors joined the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi to inaugurate A.D.B’s new Extended Mission in Samoa yesterday evening. The Mission is located at the Central Bank of Samoa building. “A.D.B’s financing has helped Samoa to achieve development results for the focal sectors it is engaged in,” said Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. “The new A.D.B Extended Mission will allow us to collectively better respond to the development needs of the people of Samoa.” In establishing their extended presence in Samoa, A.D.B and the World Bank Group are reaffirming their commitment to the country. The office marks the deepening relationship between both multilateral banks with the government of Samoa. It will better enable the banks to bring their collective international experiences to bear fruit, provide more effective support and responsiveness on the ground, and maintain regular and close dialogue with the government, civil society, project beneficiaries, and other stakeholders on development issues. The A.D.B Extended Mission for Samoa assists the government in implementing its development strategy until 2020. The strategy, titled Accelerating Sustainable Development and Broadening Opportunities for All, through activities outlined in A.D.B's Pacific Approach will focus on energy, information and communication technology (ICT), agribusiness, and public sector management. “In the past 50 years, A.D.B has provided Samoa — a founding member of the bank — $300 million to help the country achieve its development goals,” Michael Strauss, Alternate Executive Director from A.D.B’s Board of Directors, said at the event. “In the next four years, A.D.B anticipates scaling up its activities, providing a further $90 million to Samoa, as well as mobilizing grant resources from global climate funds.” A.D.B is working with the government of Samoa to prepare for a renewable energy future by helping reduce the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuels for power generation by providing clean and reliable electricity. This is on top of the bank’s partnership with the government and its development partners — particularly the World Bank — to boost connectivity with I.C.Ts. The co-financed Samoa Submarine Cable Project aims to enhance low-cost broadband services to Samoa, strengthen the regulatory and legal environment for ICT, and facilitate e-health investment in Samoa. A.D.B is helping strengthen Samoa’s fiscal resilience and improve macroeconomic stability. ADB also supports the private sector by helping public enterprises perform better, strengthening the enabling environment for business, and expanding access to financial services for farmers and business owners. A.D.B has been working with the Government of Samoa since 1966 and has approved $186.19 million in loans, $122.97 million in Asian Development Fund grants, and $31.31 million in technical assistance. The Samoa Extended Mission joins the A.D.B Development Coordination Offices in the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, and Tuvalu, as well as the other Extended Missions in Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu. It also joins the A.D.B country offices in Sydney, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste in boosting ADB’s field presence to facilitate aid coordination and aid effectiveness in the Pacific region. The Head of A.D.B’s Extended Mission in Samoa is Maria Melei. A.D.B, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, A.D.B is celebrating 50 years of development partnership in the region. It is owned by 67 members—48 from the region....

3-day entry free permit a myth? By Nanai Taofiga Laveitiga Tuiletufuga Government has yet to hear ...Read More

3-day entry free permit a myth? By Nanai Taofiga Laveitiga Tuiletufuga Government has yet to hear from American Samoa Attorney General if he will come to the table to negotiate a free-3 day permit for our local business community to enter the territory. That’s an affirmative reply from the Head of the Samoa’s Immigration Office and Chief Executive Officer Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo to queries from the local business community who frequent neighbouring American Samoa for transactions with their territorial partners. He said that as of this week the American Samoa Government, (ASG) or its Attorney General have submitted a formal proposal to revive the three day permit which the Samoa Government initiative over 20 years but was later amended. At present the territory offers a 30-day permit which costs close to $100 tala and must be obtained before travelling to American Samoa, and a 14-day permit for $25 tala which can be issued at the port of entry in the territory. Samoa on the other hand has a $US10-US dollar entry permit for US nationals from American Samoa while American Samoans who are US citizens don't need a permit. However last month, American Samoa’s Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale told Radio New Zealand International that the 3 day permit is intended to help boost the economy by making it easier for business people from Samoa to enter. Samoa’s Immigration Office and Chief Executive Officer Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo Back in Apia, Agafili says that unless a formal proposal is tabled with government, the 3 day free permit is nothing more than just all talk. He added that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi has made it clear through the 2 Samoas inter-island talks that the reciprocal permit regime will not change until American Samoa removes its permit restrictions, than Samoa will reciprocate. In a nutshell, as long as American Samoa's entry permits for Samoan citizens remains, Samoa will also continue its entry permit for US nationals from American Samoa....

Samoa passport most powerful in SIDS. For the Pacific islands, Samoa’s passport is the most powe...Read More

Samoa passport most powerful in SIDS. For the Pacific islands, Samoa’s passport is the most powerful of all the independent small island developing states (SIDS). By Lealaiauloto Aigaletaulealea Tauafiafi (PACIFIC GUARDIANS); The Pacific tourism sector is confident that 2017 will be their best year yet. It is therefore more than a cursory interest to know which country’s citizens have it easier when making travel plans. More specifically, which country’s passports open more doors around the world than any other? It’s quite timely that the latest power ranking for passports was released not too long ago. And the results show that Germany has, again, claimed the Number 1 rank as the world’s most powerful. German citizens can travel without the need for a visa to 177 countries out of a total of 218. In the Pacific region, New Zealand has the most powerful passport with a global ranking of 7 (seven) – its holders (which include Tokelauans, Niueans, and Cook Islanders) have visa-free access to 171 countries. For the Pacific islands, Samoa’s passport is the most powerful of all the independent small island developing states (SIDS). With a ranking of 44, Samoan citizens have visa-free access to 112 countries. It means a Samoan passport is more powerful than a Russian (48), South African (54), Thailand (67), Saudi Arabian (69), Indonesian (79), Indian (85) and Chinese (87) passports to name a few. It is also interesting to note that Pacific SIDS are also amongst the highest climbers with Tonga rising 16 spots, Palau by 20, and Timor-Leste the highest climber of all with an increase of 33 (from 90 to 57)....