The Parliamentary Law, Practice and Procedure course which had been running in quarterly installments since the end of 2012 culminated in a graduation ceremony held at Maota Tofilau Eti Alesana Building – Mulinuu, on Friday, 21st November 2014. The graduation was for the completion of a Unit of the Parliamentary Law, Practice and Procedure course accredited to the University of Tasmania. Twenty-nine staff successfully completed the Unit.
The course is part of the realization of the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly’s expected deliverable and commitment under the Samoa Parliamentary Support Project (SPSP) to provide efficient and high quality support and services to the Parliamentarians. The course was jointly funded by the Government of Australia and the Government of Samoa.
The Speaker of the House, Hon Laauli Leuatea Polataivao Fosi welcomed the representatives of the diplomatic corps and invitees who attended to witness the graduation. The keynote address was delivered by the UNDP Resident Representative; Ms. Lizbeth Cullity who conveyed her appreciation for the efforts of the lecturer and students. She pledged UNDP’S continuous support for the SPSP.
Graduates were awarded two certificates; Her Excellency Sue Langford presented the certificates of participation from the Australian Parliament, and Professor Richard Herr who was also the course coordinator and lecturer – presented the University of Tasmania certificates.