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Samoas Fiame Naomi Mataafa was unsuccessful in her bid for Chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) yesterday. Sir Alan Haselhurst of the United Kingdom was elected as the new Chairman of the CPA Executive Committee.

He succeeds Datuk Seri Mohd.Shafie Apdal, an MP from Malaysia. There were only three nominees with Pakistans woman parliamentarian, Kashmala Tariq the other.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is facing a critical moment in its history and must draw strength from unity and find a stronger voice in the fight against human rights abuses to re-position itself on the global stage, said Sir Alan.

He said the CPA urgently needs strong leadership at a time of great change for both the wider Commonwealth, its Secretariat and its parliamentary arm and close geographical ties are more important now than at any other time: I believe that a firm hand on the tiller in close association with the Commonwealth Secretariat is what will best help the CPA to weather the squalls and come through united and stronger.

Sir Alan flagged three major priorities, underpinned by the need to ensure that the CPA is open and inclusive to all members. These include:


1. Greater attention and focus on the diverse and complex issues facing the island states and smaller branches.

2. The identification of subjects of interest to women parliamentarians and the strategic development of more seminars to address these.
3. Identifying and creating a new status for the CPA which makes sense to all regions.


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This is a big blow to the Pacific region, and more importantly to the Independent State of Samoa. It demonstrates the disrespect for our region by the more vocal of regions (Asia, Africa and Europe) and highlights the disregard for our INFLUENCE in international relations.

Notice how one of the priorities is 'greater attention and focus on the diverse and complex issues facing the island states'.

Surely Fiame is the most SUITABLE in relation to this priority?

The second priority is acknowledging the lack of female influence in decision-making.

Again, Fiame is a pioneering female high chief in Samoa's highest public office. Surely she was SUITABLE in relation to this priority as well?


The final clause is the cherrie on top. The CPA identifies the need to work COLLABORATIVELY with all regions. Fiame represents one of the most ISOLATED regions in international dialogue. The Commonwealth's involvement in the Pacific region is a dying brand, and the profile of the CPA in our region has been decline since the end of WWII.

What better way to commit to this final priority then to nominate a nominee that has considerable influence from one of the most isolated regions in the world? Fiame's relationship with the Pacific Forum Secretariat and with various regional agences should have reinforced her suitability.


Overall, I object to the confirmation of this appointment. It reeks of INCOMPETENCY or back-door POLITICS.

The new chair for the CPA is a former British MP, a conservative upper-class male, and associated to the most developed region in the world (Europe).

Unfortunately, his alignment to the association's priority moving forward is in doubt. I would have thought that FIAME was the best person for the position.

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I thought so too Saanapu.

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Gata lava Fiame i kua Lotofaga. LOL

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the commonwealth is a very big family with very big agendas..fiame did not lose the cpa post..she just didn't win it..i'm not surprised..it's not easy getting these international posts..there's a lot of backroom lobbying and jack-rabbit diplomacy involved..heck, we've been trying to put a samoan in the acp-eu sec-gen post for years without success..those africans and melanesians just keep stabbing us in the back..esp. the bloody papuans and fijians..

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For a small country, I am quite proud we have a Tuiloma Neroni Slade up there as a Judge in the International Criminal Court back in 2003 for 3yrs.

Our people should keep aspiring to these positions around the world.

I know many people in NZ were very proud when Helen Clark became the secretary of the UNDP.



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see-double-u-are wrote:

the commonwealth is a very big family with very big agendas..fiame did not lose the cpa post..she just didn't win it..i'm not surprised..it's not easy getting these international posts..there's a lot of backroom lobbying and jack-rabbit diplomacy involved..heck, we've been trying to put a samoan in the acp-eu sec-gen post for years without success..those africans and melanesians just keep stabbing us in the back..esp. the bloody papuans and fijians..




Uh, what about London based Samoan Lawyer Katalaina Sapolu who is the Deputy Director and Heads the Legal Section of the Commonwealth Secretariat? Straight from Samoa to the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and we were very happy about that




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Time will come to see more Samoans heading International corporations but at the moment we have to be more patients and work strategically hard with an open mind in tackling issues, major issues, that affects not only our region but the world wide.



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the commonwealth is a very big family with very big agendas..fiame did not lose the cpa post..she just didn't win it..i'm not surprised..it's not easy getting these international posts..there's a lot of backroom lobbying and jack-rabbit diplomacy involved..heck, we've been trying to put a samoan in the acp-eu sec-gen post for years without success..those africans and melanesians just keep stabbing us in the back..esp. the bloody papuans and fijians..




Uh, what about London based Samoan Lawyer Katalaina Sapolu who is the Deputy Director and Heads the Legal Section of the Commonwealth Secretariat? Straight from Samoa to the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and we were very happy about that






tuiloma held that post in the 1980s..obviously the deputy director of the secretariat is not in the same league as the chair of the cpa..

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Katalaina Sapolu is no longer at Comm Sec....she was replaced by an Indian from Guyana....so many indians in the CommSec

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Ladies and Gentlemen, please, wherever She is; the point is: SHE made it.

Cheers to the Samoan Ladies making their mark at TOP International Posts, hehe!

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the highest samoans have gone in these international bodies i think is tuiloma neroni slade who was a judge on the U.N International Criminal Court and Lelei LeLaulu who was chair of the U.N Activities Committee..A former CNN correspondent, Lelei is currently CEO of Counterpart International, one of the biggest NGOs in the world..
I'd also add, government - particularly the PM (who is also minister of Foreign Affairs) - plays a big role in lobbying for Samoan representatives to these posts..

-- Edited by see-double-u-are on Monday 1st of August 2011 01:49:09 PM

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I'm pretty sure that Katalaina Sapolu applied for and landed the Commonwealth Secretariat position on her own accord having being in Private Practice at the time. She beat out all Samoan Government Applicants to land a TOP ROLE at the COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT Headquarters in LONDON = Pow Wow! LOL.





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Hunter.....A country can only have one candidate per top position at any international and regional body.

A candidate will not be accepted for the shortlisting process unless they have the backing of their Home Government.

So Katalaina was the only applicant from Samoa and backed by the Samoan state. She was the third Samoan to have that position following on from Neroni Slade and Kosi Latu. So she did not beat out others from Samoa, She was the national candidate of Samoa for that position.

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Is Kosi Latu a Man or Woman?


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Se google ifo and then you will know

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Hunter wrote:

Is Kosi Latu a Man or Woman?





he's male and currently deputy director at SPREP..but here's how these things work..either government want to secure a certain position because it serves the national interest, or, an individual wants to get that job..in the case of the former, the PM seeks advice from forteign affairs on the most suitable, but more importantly, most win-able nominee to put forward..then the lobbying begins..in the latter, if you want an international assignment, then you go see the pm, who again seeks advice from foreign affairs..if foreign affairs advises you can't win or to forgo this one for another post somewhere, the PM will then advise you not to apply..it's all part of that murky world of international diplomacy..
this is why country's have overseas high commissions and this is why they have state visits and courtesy calls..this is the sort of sh-it they talk about..
nobody gets an international job without the backinbg of their respective government..in the case of ther U.N and, to a lesser extent, CommSec, there's a country quota in place where it comes right down to the security guy at the door..
the irony of all this is that, not the best, most capable people land the top job..


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Thank you for your side of the 'process' Double.

I'm going back nearly ten years when a small group of intimate Girlfriends celebrated Katalaina Sapolu's Commonwealth Secretariat appointment with a quiet dinner at the Tamarina Restaurant, Aggie Greys Hotel in Apia.

The Job was fowarded to Laina via the Attorney General office at the hand of Brenda Heather-Latu the Attorney General at the time. The application was then fowarded onto the Apia Employment Agency [officially launched last week and headed by Taialofa Naseri]; where Tai worked really hard on preparing Laina's CV. Katalaina Sapolu competed against the Heavies and she got it. Her contract was renewed THREE TIMES and she finished with CommSec in 2009. Laina, Husband and Son still reside in England as her Husband has a Job at the Hague and her Son is still in School. Will definitely retire back in Samoa and she was only back in Samoa last year to renoavte their House.




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Katalaina's application to the Commonwealth Secretariat was endorsed by Brenda Heather-Latu, Samoa's Attorney General at the time on behalf of the Samoan Government. The Prime Minister did not have anything to do with it.

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Tuiloma Neroni Slade is my idol. I would love to meet him in person in the near future hehe. My respect for this legendary leader knows no boundary.



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Hunter wrote:

Katalaina's application to the Commonwealth Secretariat was endorsed by Brenda Heather-Latu, Samoa's Attorney General at the time on behalf of the Samoan Government. The Prime Minister did not have anything to do with it.







One would argue that the Prime Minister is in fact PARAMOUNT REPRESENTATIVE of the OVERALL STATE.

Therefore, representing all aspects of government whether directly or in-directly.



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Hunter wrote:

Katalaina's application to the Commonwealth Secretariat was endorsed by Brenda Heather-Latu, Samoa's Attorney General at the time on behalf of the Samoan Government. The Prime Minister did not have anything to do with it.




Who is the new Attorney General?

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LN wrote:

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Katalaina's application to the Commonwealth Secretariat was endorsed by Brenda Heather-Latu, Samoa's Attorney General at the time on behalf of the Samoan Government. The Prime Minister did not have anything to do with it.




Who is the new Attorney General?



Aumua Ming Leung-Wai

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Hunter wrote:

Katalaina's application to the Commonwealth Secretariat was endorsed by Brenda Heather-Latu, Samoa's Attorney General at the time on behalf of the Samoan Government. The Prime Minister did not have anything to do with it.




Who is the new Attorney General?



Aumua Ming Leung-Wai


say what? haha I guess the Ming Dynasty is alive and well.

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Ameperosa Roma (left); Aumua Ming Leung-Wai (right)



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They look like they are still in High School, LOL!

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Why is there never a politician who just say ties are crap and throws them away -

Seriously, they don't do anything, they're just little dangly-things around peoples necks.

The only true symbols of respect have a practical application

-- Edited by Ryuzaaki on Wednesday 3rd of August 2011 01:38:43 AM

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I've attached the wikipedia summary for Tuiloma Neroni SLADE:

Tuiloma Neroni Slade is the Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum. He was elected to the position for three years on 20 August 2008.

He has also served as Samoan Ambassador to the United States and permanent representative to the United Nations, Attorney General of Samoa and as a judge of the International Criminal Court. He was elected to the International Criminal Court in 2003 for a three-year term, and served as Presiding Judge of Pre-Trial Chamber II.

He has also served as chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuiloma_Neroni_Slade



Now I don't know about you guys but I was slightly underwhelmed by this short summary of his achievements. There's no mention of his early life, family/village association, education history, religion, and so fourth.

TUILOMA is a pioneering Samoan diplomat in the highest international circles. Surely his wikipedia profile deserves a whole page entry...

Note that wikipedia is open to public contribution. I hope some of our older members see to this and enter more information on this article. It's a shame that the original author chose to leave a lot of the information out - particularly his early life and educational history.

For our younger Samoans aspiring towards similar circles it's always nice to be inspired by people like TUILOMA. Personally, I feel that this online reflection is inadequate in relation to what I have come to know of his achievements.


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