Samoa launches National Security Policy Plan

Samoa’s National Security Policy Plan as launched by the Prime Minister this morning

By Rula Su’a – Vaai

APIA, SAMOA – TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2018:  The launching of Samoa’s first National Security Policy Plan today is the Government’s move in protecting and securing Samoa from cyber-attacks, climate change and border threats.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi emphasized that while Samoa is a stable and peaceful country, she is vulnerable to Cyber-attacks, Transnational crime, and border threats.

The National Security Policy Plan identifies security challenges and provides a framework for a coordinated approach by the Government.

According to Tuilaepa there is a threat to the country’s border security. “Because of the carelessness of the Government at the time, about a quarter of Samoa’s population was wiped out by the Influenza epidemic,” he referred to the 1918 influenza epidemic that will be 100 years old tomorrow 7 November.

Head Of State Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi 11 with his good lady in the middle,Prime Minister and guests at the launch of Samoa’s first National Security Policy Plan this morning

Tuilaepa also referred to the impact of cyber-attacks that has greatly affected our people. “Faceless people who use the internet to attack others are common now.”

Samoa is also vulnerable to natural disasters and to climate change more generally.

Tuilaepa said that the government’s role is to protect Samoa from challenges that may intrude because of the fast and growing technology.

“We have a small economy, a changing life style and a need to provide employment for our youth and protect our vulnerable members.”

The launching ceremony was attended by the Head of State, Cabinet Ministers, members of the Diplomatic Corp and Chief Executive Officers.