A three day Symposium guided by the theme, “Samoa: 53 years and 16 Parliaments on – Leadership, Governance & the Rule of Law” was held on the 29th – 31st March 2016 at the Media Center, Tuanaimato Sports Complex, the temporary location of the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly (OCLA). The first of its kind initiated by the Office of the Clerk, the Symposium follows on from the Induction Programme provided for new Members of Parliament and has been tailored to increase awareness of governance and leadership expectations.
The Speaker of the House, Hon Leaupepe Taimaaiono Toleafoa Faafisi welcomed the guests and Rev. Utufia Naseri conducted the homily.
Parliamentarians heard presentations from the other Arms of the State through presentations by the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiavaasue Falefatu Maka Sapolu, the Honourable Prime Minister, Samoa’s former Judge of the International Criminal Court, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, the Ombudsman, Maiava Iulai Toma, the Controller and Auditor General and other Government Chief Executive Officers who spoke on financial responsibilities.
The main objective was to assist capacity building and inform the newly elected parliamentarians of the existing frameworks that impact on the functions of all Members as law makers.