Leadership Samoa Class of 2015 talks politics and good governance

Leadership Samoa Class of 2015

APIA, SAMOA: THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2015: With the March 2016 general elections in the air, Leadership Samoa Class of 2015’s study tour this week focuses on Parliament, Law and Order and Stable Government and good governance.

Presentations kicked off today with an explanation of Samoa’s Parliamentary system by Tigaina Laupepa, Assistant Clerk – Chamber and Procedure of the Legislative Assembly, followed by a discussion led by Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio, Acting Electoral Commissioner, on Samoa’s preparations for the general election in six months’ time.

In the midst of concerns currently being aired in the press on public and personal security, there are issues and challenges which will be outlined by Masinalupe Tusipa Masinalupe, CEO of Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, who will address the class on the Ministry’s plans for lifting the standards on enforcement of law and order. The new Commissioner of Police, Egon Lincoln Keil, tackles the enforcement issue from the point of view of the role and plans of the Ministry for lifting effectiveness in crime prevention.

The objectives of the prison system are to both protect the public from people who are a danger to themselves and others and provide rehabilitation for prisoners so they can make a useful contribution to society on their release. Achieving this balance is a challenge that will be discussed by Levaopolo Rosa Siaosi, Director of Development Services of Samoa Prisons Correction Services.

The Leadership Samoa’s Class of 2015 will then hear from Leota Theresa Potoi, Executive Director of Samoa Law Reform Commission, on its role and responsibilities in achieving a fair and effective legal environment.

On Friday, Leadership Samoa Class of 2015 will listen to the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, discuss the importance of stable government and good governance from Samoa’s perspective and experience.

Samoa’s pathway to better the lives of its people and an active role in the global economy has been a partnership with a number of more developed countries around the Pacific. As Samoa’s largest development partner in terms of aid contributed, Australia has played a significant role in preparing Samoa to cope with these more turbulent times. Their role will be discussed by HE Sue Langford, High Commissioner for Australia. Similarly, HE Jackie Frizelle, High Commissioner for New Zealand will discuss the historical ties that bind Samoa with New Zealand and its continuing role in Samoa’s development.

LS2015 Participants L-R Sing Chao Matafeo (TV1), Sialavai Afoa (SNPF), Tumanuvao Evile Falefatu (SAA), SeulGee Samuelu (USP), Natasha Kolose (STEC) and Honiara Salanoa (NUS) enjoying a presentation during LS2015 study tours.

LS2015 Participants L-R Sing Chao Matafeo (TV1), Sialavai Afoa (SNPF), Tumanuvao Evile Falefatu (SAA), SeulGee Samuelu (USP), Natasha Kolose (STEC) and Honiara Salanoa (NUS) enjoying a presentation during LS2015 study tours.

Representatives from other important contributors to Samoa’s development will address the class, including His Excellency, Tuimaugaoali’i Kasumaza Shibuta, Japan’s Ambassador to Samoa, Mr. Zhu Ziming, Head of Economy and Trade at the Chinese Embassy and Ms. Llewellyn Hedgbeth, United States of America’s Charge D’ Affairs. Each will provide a perspective on the role of their country in Samoa’s developments to date and what the future will hold.

In a wide-ranging programme that spans government, private enterprise and community organisations and other sectors of Samoa’s economy, Leadership Samoa provides high level professional training to emerging leaders that focuses on raising awareness of the issues anddebates facing each sector. It challenges participants to hone their leadership and problem solving skills.

Leadership Samoa offers a unique program that provides the platform for emerging leaders to appreciate the bigger picture about the pressing developmental issues facing our nation today.

Leadership Samoa fills a niche in the delivery of a holistic cross-sectoral professional development program for emergent leaders. Our program consists of leadership workshops as well as 25 study tours visiting all the different sectors in Samoa.

Leadership Samoa is raising the awareness of emergent leaders about key political, economic, social, technological, environmental and cultural issues facing the development of Samoa today, will ensure a pool of well-informed Samoan leaders in the future.

Leadership Samoa was established in 2011 and currently operates with funding and support from the Pacific Leadership Program. PLP is a regional initiative of the Australian Government that recognizes the pivotal role of leadership in development. PLP works at the regional level, including with regional organizations; and nationally and sub-nationally through country programs in Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.