Cargo ship plan in Samoa

Minister for Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Olo Fiti Va'ai, told Parliament a plan will go to Cabinet soon to purchase the cargo ship following discussions within the transport sector.

The Samoa Observer reports that Olo told Parliament the concerns raised by Members at the rising cost of living is attributed to freight charges over the last three years, going from as low as $3,800 tālā to just over $7,100 tālā for a 20-foot container.

2 Samoa Government officers suspended pending investigation

A Government statement said the decision has been made to allow the Public Service Commission to conduct an investigation into the Division of the MCIL that leads and coordinates Samoa’s Labour Employment Export Programme.

“Apropos requirements of the Public Service Act 2004 and relevant government policies, the Public Service Commission will conduct the investigation and report to Cabinet urgently for its final consideration,” the statement said.

Samoan minister asks how hospital became animal farm

The Samoa Observer reported that Minister of Health Valasi Tafito Selesele addressed the issue in parliament, in response to a request from Vaa-o-Fonoti MP Mau'u Siaosi Puepuemai for a new hospital at Fagaloa.

Valasi said during an inspection of the facility he was surprised at what he found.

"When I was on my inspections around government hospitals, I have seen that the facility was filled with grass, and looks like an animal farmhouse because there were cows there," he told parliament.

Money not the problem, La’auli tells Parliament

Savali newspaper reports La’auli’s frustrations were prompted by the unsubstantiated on-line gossips and innuendoes claiming that either Government is on the verge of financial bankruptcy or Government is broke.

La’auli’s comment is substantiated by Central Bank of Samoa’s Economy Report for the first 4 months of the Current Fiscal Year, which states that the Government’s Gross Official Foreign Reserves is at $785.32 million tala at the end of October 2022 which is “1.7% higher than the same month last year.”

Samoa launches new Agriculture and Fisheries sector plan

The plan aims to enhance resilience and to build a sustainable agriculture.

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries La’auli Leuatea Polataivao Fosi said the plan was a result of the increasing threats posed by climate change shocks, different Government launched Agriculture and Fisheries Sector Plan types of pests and diseases, invasive species and unsustainable farming.

"We aim to achieve this national vision for the sector through the goal to increase the sustainable contribution of the sector to food, nutrition and income security, and economic growth.”

Samoa currently third in overall World Sevens Series after finishing 5th in Sydney

This was after the team defeated Ireland 24-12.

Samoa defeated Australia 24-10 in the category’s semifinal.

The team now moves up to third place in the overall World Sevens series table with 68 points, trailing behind South Africa in second with 76 points and New Zealand extending their lead with 85 points.

Meanwhile, NZ won the Sydney 7s tournament after beating South Africa 38-0.

Fiji won bronze medal after beating France 29-5.


NZ employer hopes Samoa resumes participation in RSE programme

Samoa has put a temporary suspension on its people working in seasonal jobs in Australia and New Zealand until a review is presented to Cabinet.

Yummy Fruit general manager Paul Paynter said all of its people employed under the recognised seasonal employer scheme or RSE come from Samoa.

"We've been desperate now for labour for three years, since Covid, the absence of backpackers and basically full employment in New Zealand has meant really traumatic working conditions for a lot of our people and we were looking forward to having a smoother run this year."


Samoa discusses dialysis treatment options

The ministry said some of these options include a dialysis mobile unit as well as distributing dialysis machines to each of the country's district hospitals.

Health Minister, Valasi Tafito Selesele said Ministry is currently awaiting a response from a Cabinet Special Committee to their request for 30 more dialysis machines for the health sector.

The request was made by the Ministry prior to a recommendation from the Opposition Member of Parliament for Aleipata Itupa‑i‑Luga, Fuaava Suluimalo Amataga during the sitting of the House.

4 Assistant AGs appointed to Samoa Office of Attorney General

The positions have been vacant for quite some time.

The Assistant Attorneys who have been appointed have served the Government and the Office of the Attorney General for a number of years, a statement said.

Their skills and knowledge in the laws of Samoa and the Pacific are assets to the Office.

The newly appointed Assistant Attorneys are:

Samoa workers defy temporary ban to head overseas

Documents including flight itineraries have been obtained by the Samoa Observer showing there was travel to New Zealand.

The itinerary shows 18 seasonal employees left the country on Sunday, January 15 while the scheme was halted.

Samoa's Cabinet had put a temporary stop to the deployment of seasonal workers for this month, until Cabinet finalises a policy focusing on the selection of applicants.