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HRPP Samoa News
Jul 19

Maua le to’omaga mo le a’ufaifa’atoaga

Tala i lalo le maketi fugalei

Vaaiga i le Maketi  i le fanua o le Afioga Toleafoa Faafisi i Savalalo

Faaaogaina i le maketi o Toleafoa

Maketi i le fanua o  Vaai i Fugalei

Vaaiga i le tele o avanoa i le Maketi i Vaitele

Author: Tupuola Terry Tavita of Savali
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Jul 19

China hotelier eyes old Hideaway site

Old Hideaway Hotel site at Mulivai, Safata

One of the sites Chinese hotel interests are scouting is the old Hideaway Hotel location at Mulivai, Safata.

This was revealed by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi during his weekly radio programme on 2AP this week.

“Government is looking forward to this development,” he said. “It will be the catalyst of opening up Samoa to the lucrative Asian tourism market. Flights will come direct from China to Apia.”

Two other sites the Chinese are looking at is part of STEC property at Mulifanua and a beach location at Sa’anapu.

According to Samoa’s High Commissioner to China, Tapusalaia Terry To’omata, details of the planned 600-room hotel should be confirmed later this year.

Two delegations of Chinese investors were in the country last month scoping out these possible hotel sites.

Author: Tupuola Terry Tavita of Savali
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Jul 19

PM threatens to bring in palagi to do the work

MP: Lafaitele Patrick Leiataualesa and SWA CEO: Moefa’auo Titimaea.Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi intervened when angry accusations suggesting bureaucratic ineptitude and dishonesty - in at least one government department – were raised in Parliament on Wednesday night.

Tuilaepa told Parliament that Cabinet would look into the matter urgently and suggested that “palagi” from abroad could be brought over to get the work done as quickly as possible. Made by the Alataua West MP, Lafaitele Patrick Leiataualesa during the budget debate, the accusations were levelled at the General Manager of the Samoa Water Authority, Moefa’auo Titimaea.

They suggested that Moefa’auo was uncaring in that he did not seriously consider Lafaitele’s request for water for his constituency, and that he, Moefa’auo, was a “liar.” Asked for a comment yesterday, Moefa'auo declined. He said he would have to talk to the Minister first. Lafaitele had earlier told the House that the people of his village of Neiafu have been waiting for a long time for water as it was being drilled by the Samoa Water Authority.

To date, he told Parliament, they still did not know when they would have access to water. “Our people are dying from not having any water,” Lafataitele said. And then turning towards Moefa’auo who was in Parliament at the time, he said: “That is another person who is a top liar, Moefaauo. “I must have spoken to Moefaauo about a hundred times and still nothing has happened.”

Minister for the Samoa Water Authority, Manu’alesagalala Enokati Posala, rose and advised Parliament that the borehole in the constituency in question had been completed, and that water had been found. “But there is still more work to be done on testing it before we can start letting people use it,” he said. That assurance, however, was not good enough for the Alataua West MP who continued to vent his displeasure.

It was at that point that Tuilaepa took the floor and told Parliament he would convene an urgent meeting of Cabinet to get to the bottom of the water problem in question. “There have been way too many complaints of water problems,” he said, “and yet we have millions of tala coming in from the EU for water projects because we want people to get water.

“I don’t understand why (there is still not enough water.)” “So I don’t know what the problem is, but we will get to the bottom of this,” Tuilaepa told Parliament. “I am calling a special Cabinet meeting to deal with this.” He also said: “I am making this statement publicly because the person appointed to make these things happen is here, and I want to know why it is taking so long to do this.” And then clearly in a fit of frustration, Tuilaepa shouted: “If it cannot be done then we will ship in papalagi to do the work.”

Tuilaepa went on to say that if it was a problem with who would pay, then they should do the work and sort it out later. “It is important to get water to the people,” he said. “Do what the phone company does. Get the lines out and then people can pay and connect outside their homes.” Member for Aleipata Itupa i Lalo, Tafua Maluelue Tafua, asked the Speaker to strike out Lafaitele’s accusations against the GM “because he cannot defend himself and it is too strong.”

The Speaker then asked to have the offending remarks removed. MP Maualaivao Pat Ah Him of the Individual Voters somehow brought laughter to Parliament when he spoke about the need for water for the Falelauniu Development Project. He did this when he ended his address with his request to the government to build a “man-made beach (stretching) from Mulinu’u here to the Fish Market. “I am sure that will attract more tourists to our capital of Apia,” he said.

Author: Staff Reporter (Samoa Observer)
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Jul 19

PM calls for action

LOCALISATION THE TRUE OUTCOME: PM Tuilaepa Sailele Aiono Malielegaoi."Some are satisfied while others feel betrayed. Critics see it as lacking in ambition and selective in its coverage while supporters hail it as an important breakthrough in tune with today's challenges and realities” - PM Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

In the words of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi – “the real measure of what was achieved at the Rio+20 is not in the outcomes document but how these goals are localised when we return home.”

While addressing world leaders in Rio de Janeiro on 22 July, the no-nonsense Pacific Leader said while the outcome is not perfect, “the shortcomings gives Samoa a level of comfort that made his government lend its support.”

"There is never a perfect document, and Rio is not the first time to achieve one. Trying to satisfy everyone's interests is an exercise in futility,” Tuilaepa said. "Some are satisfied while others feel betrayed. Critics see it as lacking in ambition and selective in its coverage while supporters hail it as an important breakthrough in tune with today's challenges and realities. Some lament it as yet another missed opportunity.”

He said no matter how ambitious Rio+20 is, "if we elected leaders are not committed to lead and drive sustainable development, we lose the trust and confidence of partners and our credibility will suffer." Samoa, like Fiji, has put to the table the island nation's interest to host the third international conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in 2014.

Convening the third SIDS international conference is one of the many outcomes of the Rio+20 conference. Parties recognised the need to call a meeting two years after Rio to consider a coordinated, balanced and integrated approach to address the sustainable development challenges of SIDS. It is now up to the United Nations 67th General Session to determine the modalities of the 2014 conference.

"Co-incidentally, 2014 is a significant year for my own government as we will become the first Pacific nation to graduate from being a Least Developed Country (LDC). "While hosting a global meeting is a privilege and an honour, there will be more other equally able countries also bidding. Samoa has nevertheless made known to Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and the Pacific sub region its interest to host this event if given the opportunity,” revealed the Samoan leader. He said it's just hosting a big international conference but an opportunity for Samoa to share its story with the rest of the world.

"It is about primacy and the importance of partnerships that demonstrates Samoa's progress. Moreover, we want to demonstrate that being a SIDS and an LDC should not discourage poor and vulnerable nations from advancing to achieve economic, social and political progress.” Fiji, on the other hand is equally confident of its bid to host the same international gathering, which is expected to bring together over 10,000 delegates.

Prime Minister Commodore Bainimarama, also speaking in Rio expressed Fiji's strong interest. 2014 will election year for the military-led Fijian administration. Both governments will now work on their bids in anticipation of the modalities to be set out by the UN General Assembly which meets from September to November every year. Regional action Now that the 'Future We Want' has become a living document for the globe, what happens next for the Pacific? The Head of the UN ESCAP Pacific Office, Iosefa Maiava said the real work begins in the different regions of the world.

The ESCAP Pacific Operations Office was instrumental in convening Pacific PrepCom meetings en route to the Rio+20 conference. Maiava said UNESCAP regional commissions will help compile national inputs into the establishment of sustainable development policies.

"The document is also very clear that green economy for sustainable development and poverty eradication is to be implemented in accordance with certain countries circumstances, which means that it's now up to each country to decide on how it implements the outcomes from Rio, said Maiava.

In addition, regional organisations in the Pacific have been given strong mandate to co-ordinate the implementation of sustainable development at the regional level. "Given those strong mandates, there is a clear role for regional organisations and the UNESCAP regional commission.

There are plans already with regional organisation on how to organise the process developing the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Author: Makereta Komai PACNEWS Editor (Samoa Observer)
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