Monday 20th April 2015
Members of Parliament met on Monday, 20th April at 9:30am at the Maota Tofilau Eti Alesana for their scheduled Pre-Sitting Briefing on five Government Bills proposed for introduction on Tuesday 21st April 2015.
Pre-Sitting briefings have been adopted by Parliament to enhance the quality and relevance of debates. Briefings clarify policy frameworks for bills and other relevant information not previously available to Parliamentarians through Explanatory Memorandums by Responsible Ministers and Chief Executive Officers. Representatives for the respective Ministries responsible for these Bills, delivered the briefings for the Parliamentarians.
Afioga Masinalupe Tusipa Masinalupe
Chief Executive Officer – Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration
Faagutu S. Vaalotu
ACEO – CEM
Criminal Procedure Bill 2015 and the District Courts Bill 2015
The briefing for the two proposed Bills were delivered by the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, along with the support from an ACEO of the Ministry. The purpose of the Criminal Procedure Bill is to repeal the current 1972 Act, whereas the District Courts Bill is to repeal the 1969 Act. Both Bill are repealed in order to conform to modern practices in similar jurisdictions and simplify the process.
Members of Parliament voiced their support for the proposed Bill. However, there were a few Members who raised concerns on the current process, the Ministry clarified that the purpose of these Bills is to simplify the process in order to ensure that procedures for both criminal matters and district matters are dealt with in a timely manner.
Afioga Maiava Atalina Enari
Governor – Central Bank of Samoa
Magele Filipo II
Central Bank of Samoa Bill 2015
The briefing for the proposed Central Bank of Samoa Bill was delivered by the Governor of Central Bank with the support of other Assistant Governors of the Bank. Provisions of the Bill provide for continuance in the establishment of the Bank and provide for its administration, functions, duties and powers. The Bill repeals the Central Bank of Samoa Act 1984, the Banking Ordinance 1960 and the Monetary Board of Samoa Act 1974.
Members of Parliament raised concerns on the operation of the Bank of which the Corporation clarified and took note.
Assistant Electoral Commissioner – Office of the Electoral Commissioner
Ah Kau Palale
Senior Research Officer
Electoral Amendment Bill (No.2) 2015
The briefing for the proposed Electoral Amendment Bill (No.2) was delivered by the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of the Electoral Commissioner. The Bill provides for Amendments to the Principal Act (Electoral Act 1963) and also makes amendments to the Territorial Constituencies Act 1963.
Members of Parliament voiced their support for the Bill. However, a few Members raised numerous issues regarding boundaries and other provisions of the Amendment, the Office clarified on the matter and took note of the comments made.
General Manager – Samoa International Finance Authority
International Companies Amendment Bill 2015
The General Manager of the Samoa International Finance Authority with the support of her Managers delivered the briefing for the proposed International Companies Amendment Bill. The purpose of the Bill is to amend the International Companies Act 1988 in order to address the deficiencies identified in Samoa’s Phase 1 Peer Review Report under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Global Forums that took place in September 2012 and Phase 2 conducted in December 2014. The amendments are to ensure that Samoa complies with OECD standards.
Members of the Parliament voiced their support and thanked the Authority for the Bill.
Tuala Tamaalelagi Siaki
General Manager – Gambling Control Authority
Casino and Gambling Control Amendment Bill 2015
The General Manager of the Gambling Control Authority with the support of his staff delivered the briefing for the proposed Casino and Gambling Control Amendment Bill. The purpose of the Bill is to amend the Casino and Gambling Control Act 2010. As per provisions of the Bill it deals regulating interactive gaming and to allow a two casinos to operate under one licence.
Members of the Parliament voiced their support for the proposed Bill. However, a few Members who raised concerns on the operation of two casinos under one licence. The Authority clarified on the matter and took note of comments.