Samoa MPs to Bolster Anti-Corruption Efforts

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Apia, Samoa – Parliamentarians from Samoa voted to establish their own GOPACSamoa chapter in Apia, Samoa during an Integrity Workshop conducted by the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project and GOPAC (Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption).

The workshop was opened by Samoa’s Legislative Assembly Speaker, Hon. Toleafoa Fafaasi who encouraged parliamentarians to increase their exposure to best practice accountability policies. During the workshop the Speaker received a letter from Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi announcing that Samoa would begin the process to sign the UN Convention Against Corruption. Ms. Lizbeth Cullity, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative, said: “The UN agencies are ready to assist the Government and Parliament of Samoa as they work to strengthen their integrity institutions.”

Parliamentarians endorsed a constitution and a steering committee for GOPACSamoa, with Taefu Lemi Taefu as Chair, Ms Gatoloaifaana Amataga Gidlow as ViceChair,Lenaita’i Victor Tamapua (the Associate Justice Minister) as Treasurer, and IliSetefano Taateo Tafili as Secretary.

GOPAC Oceania chair John Hyde praised the commitment of Samoa’sParliamentarians in wanting to ensure they were well-prepared to undertake theiroversight responsibilities.

“Samoa’s parliamentarians now join their colleagues in Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati andTonga in activating GOPAC chapters,” said Mr Hyde.

Newly elected GOPAC Samoa chair Taefu Lemi Taefu said, “Samoa has much to gainby signing up to UNCAC and strengthening even further the great work that integritybodies in Samoa are already doing.”

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