- Universal Peace Federation World Summit 2017
Member of the Infrastructure Sector Committee, Tafua Maluelue Tafua and Associate Minister of the Ministry of Justice, Courts and Administration (MJCA), Leanatai Victor Faafoi Tamapua attended the World Summit of 2017 in Seoul, Korea from the 1 – 5 February.
The Summit which was organized by the Universal Peace Federation and themed “Addressing the Critical challenges of our Time: Peace, Security and Human Development” provided a comprehensive assessment of peace, security and human development around the world. The Summit was an avenue where representatives from all parts of the world expressed their opinion on a number of topics such as Peace, Environmental degradation, violent conflict, extreme poverty and Breakdown of the family.
- CPA Commonwealth Women Parliamentary Working Group 24-27 February 2017
More than 20 Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) from 16 countries met at Wilton Park, United Kingdom on the 24 – 27 February 2017 to discuss gender priorities for 2017. Member of Parliament and Member of the Social Sector Committee, Hon. Gatoloaifaana Amataga Alesana- Gidlow was one of the two representatives from the Pacific region who attended the Working Group.
The two-day retreat provided the CWP participants with an opportunity to take stock of gender representation in Commonwealth legislatures and re-commit to energizing the CWP to take action to better support women in Parliament.
The CWP network provides a means of building the capacity of women elected to Parliament to be more effective in their roles; improve the awareness and ability of all Parliamentarians (male and female) and encourage them to include gender perspective in all aspects of their role, i.e. legislative, oversight, representation and helping parliaments to become gender-sensitive institutions.
- Pacific Islands Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure
CPA UK hosted a three day Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice & Procedure from the 16th to the 18th March 2017 in the Parliament of Queensland in Brisbane for Members and Clerks from legislatures in the Pacific. The Seminar in Brisbane focused on enhancing the knowledge, skills and confidence of Members and Clerks in the core aspects of their work of parliamentary practice and procedure.
Participants from Samoa included: Tuifaasisina Misa Lisati Leleisiuao, Associate Minister for Ministry of Public Enterprises, Aliimalemanu Alofa Tuuau, Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Committee, who chaired one of the Sessions of the Seminar that discussed the Roles of a Committee Member and Sifuiva Charlene Malele, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly.