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  • The Honourable Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi

    Prime Minister of Samoa
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Vision Statement

To take a leading role in providing quality advice and services to the Prime Minister and
Cabinet; to promote good governance, policy co-ordination and implementation in-line with
national strategic goals.

Mission Statement

To provide sound, timely and realistic advice to Government, and support the implementation and co-ordination of relevant policies efficiently and effectively.

Mandate

The work of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet derives from the following:

  • 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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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)....

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)....

Declare your cash or else By Nanai Taofiga Laveitiga Tuiletufuga The Central Bank of Samoa is again ...Read More

Declare your cash or else By Nanai Taofiga Laveitiga Tuiletufuga The Central Bank of Samoa is again reminding travellers that there are restrictions and regulations in place for hand-carrying of cash from and to Samoa. Simply put, the Central Bank in a press statement is reminding travellers that anyone carrying foreign currencies and negotiable instruments equivalent to SAT$20,000 or more should obtain approval from the Central Bank before hand-carrying it when they depart for overseas countries. The same applies for arrivals who are obligated by law to declare if they are hand-carrying cash, foreign currencies or negotiable instruments equivalent to SAT$20,000. The Central Bank already have processes in place for people to apply for approval. Reportedly the Central Bank is prompted to issue the reminder following an incident implicating a passenger hand carrying cash more than the regulated amount. To that effect, the Bank warns that a violation will lead to authorities’ confiscation the cash with possible criminal offenses that carries both time behind bars or hefty fines. So be warned, the Central Bank is tightening control and ready to enforce the regulations to its full extent. The full Press Statement from the Central Bank of Samoa is printed below in it’s entirely; DECLARE YOUR CASH (Samoan Tala, Foreign Currency OR NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENTS) IF EQUIVALENT TO SAT$20,000 To facilitate the smooth operation for clearance of the procedures for declaration of cash or negotiable instruments We wish to advise the general public that given our efforts to tighten our controls at the international airports at Faleolo and Fagalii in relation to the hand-carrying of cash, foreign currencies and negotiable instruments equivalent to SAT$20,000 or more should obtain approval from the Central Bank of Samoa before hand-carrying it when you depart for overseas countries. Once approval is obtained from the Central Bank of Samoa, you would then need to take this approval with you at the border and present it with relevant personnel (Samoa Airport Authority Officers or Customs or Immigration) and also declare it on the departure form. If you are a departing passenger and would like to obtain CBS approval, here are the following (minimum) documents or information you would need to submit in order to ensure a timely clearance process: • Provide your passport; • Travel Ticket; • Information on source of funds (which would include bank statements or any other documents to verify the source of funds); • And any other information or document that CBS requires. If you are a passenger arriving into Samoa through the Fagalii or Faleolo International Airports, you would also need to declare it if you are hand-carrying cash, foreign currencies or negotiable instruments equivalent to SAT$20,000 and also present the approval from Central Bank of Samoa. Should you fail to adhere to these declaration procedures, you may face the risk of confiscation of your cash, foreign currencies or negotiable instruments or criminal prosecutions. A criminal offence may attract either a fine or imprisonment term, or both. Should you require any further information, please contact our Manager Legal and Financial Intelligence Unit at telephone number 34-120....

Hydro-Power under siege By Nanai Taofiga Laveitiga Tuiletufuga The Fuluasou Hydro Plant project is t...Read More

Hydro-Power under siege By Nanai Taofiga Laveitiga Tuiletufuga The Fuluasou Hydro Plant project is the beginning of a bigger undertaking by government to utilise hydro generated electricity to contain electricity costs for the country. The Plant’s ground breaking this week triggers the start of the government’s drive to improve its hydro-generated electricity capacity with the aim that it will provide cheap and affordable electricity for the country, says Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi in his weekly radio program a few hours after the commencement ceremonies. He said that new hydro plants at Fausaga and Vailoa Savai’i will also be constructed. This does not include rebuilding the hydro-stations at Loto Samasoni Alaoa and Faleole Fee. The Prime Minister says that compared to solar and other renewable energy sources, hydro-power is the cheapest and government’s investment will see affordable electricity costs for the country. At the ground breaking of the new Fuluasou Hydro Power Station, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi (center) with NZ’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs in Apia on his last Ministerial meeting before he resigns in May. And he added that lowering Samoa’s reliance on fossil fuels will help free up resources for other priority needs while improving national energy security and sustainability. Samoa currently generates 60 percent of its energy from diesel generators, with total fuel imports amounting to 95 million litres in 2012. Fuel comprises approximately 17.6 per cent of Samoa’s total imports and is used for 70 per cent of Samoa’s electricity needs, with hydropower 30 per cent. One of the project’s targets is to save about 3.6 million litres of diesel per year, with clean power replacing diesel generated power. For the Fuluasou development, the EU is providing a $US5.06 million grant, New Zealand a grant of $US2.49 million and the Government of Samoa is putting in $US5.63 million. And government’s mission is by the year 2020, it will not rely on diesel generated electricity. Funding Samoa’s hydro-power drive are the Governments of New Zealand and Samoa, the Asian Development Bank and the European Union combining to further develop hydro-electric power in Samoa. Across the Pacific Islands region, 80 per cent of energy is derived from fossil fuels and less than 10 per cent from renewable sources. Fuel importation amounts to 10 per cent of the region’s GDP. Renewable energy is seen as a sustainable and affordable means to provide lighting, refrigeration, clean cooking, education and health services and improve human development outcomes across the Pacific region....

Tāmau pea le Malo i Aiaiga o le Casino i Samoa Tusia – Tusiga Peseta Taofiga. O lo o tāmau pea ...Read More

Tāmau pea le Malo i Aiaiga o le Casino i Samoa Tusia – Tusiga Peseta Taofiga. O lo o tāmau pea le Malo, i lo latou taofi e fa’amalosia ai aiaiga mo le taofiofia o tagatanu’u Samoa e le aofia ai Samoa ua sitiseni i isi atunuu, ona o le alofa lava i le si’osi’omaga fa’alelotoifale o aiga ma lona mamalu ina ne’i malepelepe. Ua le natia le tulaga saoasaoa o le fiafia o tinā i Bingo e aofia ai ma le taifana’e o le fa’amemelo o tamā i lea lava vaisu, ua fai ma mafua’aga ua tu’uaia ai e nisi le tele o fa’apogai o le tele o fa’afitauli ma le sauaina o fanau ma aiga i lenei vaitau o le soifuaga. Peita’i na fetufaa’i sui mamalu o le Maota fa’apalemene a le Atunuu, ma finauina ai e nisi le alagatatau ona ave le avanoa e mafai ai e Samoa o lo o alala i o tatou ‘ele’ele ona taa’alo i le Casino. Ina ua fesiligia lana Afioga le Palemia i le polokalame ma le 2AP, nai a fa’amanino ai le popolega ma le atugaluga o lo o silasila mamao iai le Malo, o le a’afi’aga ogaoga ona o le a fa’atuputupulaia ai aiga o le a leai se so’otaga vavalalata i le tele o aso, ona o le a aga’i uma tinā ma tamā i le Bingo ma le Casino. “Tu’u ai pea i Samoa ua sitiseni i isi atunuu, ona o lo o maua pea e latou le avanoa e ulufale ai i Casino i la atunuu i le tele o aso o lo latou, peita’i e ao foi ia tatou ona tu’u iai ma le tofa fetala’i, e silasila toto’a ai i le tulaga ogaoga o lo o iai le tele o nisi o fa’afitauli ma o latou fa’apogai e afua ona o le tu’ulafoa’i e matua o fanau i le ao ma le po.” Na ia fa’alauiloa foi o lo o iai le isi laisene mo le Casino peita’i e ao i le o le a mana’o iai ona lava tapena le itu tau seleni ma atoatoa ana masini e fa’aaogaina tatau ai le laisene o lo o umiaina e le Malo. I le tu’uaofa’iga o manatu o nisi o le atunuu sa fesiligia lo latou taofi i lea tulaga, na lagolagoina e nisi le mau a le Malo ma o latou fa’afetaia ai le Malo i le ola magafagafa ua le muta ai le silasila toto’a i auala ‘ese’ese a le fili o lo o tau mafai e lepeti ai le saolotoga o Samoa ma ona tagata. I nisi na o latou tete’e ma fa’aalia e fa’apea, sa tatau i le Malo ona fa’amatu’u mai le avanoa e fa’atofusia uma ai le atunuu, auā afai ua fa’aofi mai i Samoa e le tatau foi la ona taofiofia. O le atugaluga ona o mafua’aga lava ia o fa’afitauli e afua lava ona o leai o se alofa moni, peita’i ua sili atu le saoasaoa o le fiafia o tamā i le bingo nai lo tinā. I ia manatu fa’aalia ma le felanulanua’i sa fetufa’ai ai le mamalu o Samoa, e le’i avea lea ma ala e fa’aluafesasi ai le taofi maua’a o le Malo, ina ia tumau pea aiaiga o le Casino e fa’atonutonu ai le so’ona ulufale iai o Samoa e le’i umiaina sitiseni mai isi Malo. 1991 2.5 miliona le tupe maua a samoa mai le kasino O le isi laisene la e I kua...

Samoa’s Health Services Improve under OMRP Program By Nanai Taofiga Laveitiga Tuiletufuga Samoa’...Read More

Samoa’s Health Services Improve under OMRP Program By Nanai Taofiga Laveitiga Tuiletufuga Samoa’s health services will look to have a massive improvement with the new arrangement under the Overseas Medical Referral Program, (OMRP) currently being implemented. One such improvement is the expansion of the OMRP program to India. And the arrangement has long been in the making and will definitely have huge benefits for the country, according to his Honourable Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi. “The people’s lives is very important, and having the best health services locally remains a top priority for the Government,” continued the Prime Minister. “We look to raise the percentage of patient that can be treated locally as stated in our Samoa Development Strategy 2016/17-2019/20.” “And the new arrangement will benefit the people of Samoa tremendously with the opportunity of referred patients getting the best treatments overseas, and the exposure of our medical staffs to professional medical specialists that will be working locally-it will enhance the level of understanding and skills for our medical people.” “The partnership between the two countries will allow the performance of medical services that’s not available around our region at a cost-effective arrangement-as stated in (name) survey,” the proud Prime Minister concluded....