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Samoa’s new Parliament House was officially opened this morning at its old location at Tiafau.
The ceremony was attended by, Head of State Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II and Masiofo Faamausili Leinafo Tuimalealiifano, Cabinet Members, Members of Parliament, Heads of Government Ministries, Members of the Diplomatic Corp. and invited guests.
The Vice Chairman of the Samoa National Council of Churches, Reverend Aisoli Iuli lead the ceremony with a prayer service.
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi delivered the keynote address where he acknowledged Australia’s contribution in assisting with the funding of this project.
The Prime Minister also unveiled the plaque for the new building and cut the ribbon at the ceremony.
“This building is a symbol of Samoa’s long-standing and enduring partnership with the Government of Australia with this year being the 42nd anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries,” said Tuilaepa.
“Improved governance is a priority in the Samoa-Australia Partnership for Development.
“This new Parliament building will ensure improved access for the people of Samoa to parliamentary processes and also support good governance strategies.”
Australia’s Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Anne Ruston in her remarks said it was a privileged to be here on behalf of the Australian government for this significant occasion.
She also officially unveiled and handed over the Parliamentary mace.
“Today is a celebration for Samoa, celebration for Australia and particularly a celebration of what this building standing behind us symbolises in terms of democratic governance of our nations, both Australia and Samoa,” said Ruston.
Australia’s Assistant Minister also co-signed the phase two of the Parliament House project with Prime Minister Tuilaepa after her remarks.
SOURCE: SAVALI NEWSPAPER/PACNEWS
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