Vaosa Epa Reappointed As Cabinet CEO In Samoa

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First woman to hold post will continue service

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, Sept. 26, 2012) – Vaosa Epa has been reappointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Samoa’s Cabinet and the Ministry of the Prime Minister for another three years.

Vaosa is the first woman to hold the post after taking over from the previous Head, Va’asatia Poloma Komiti. She had served as the Assistant Chief Executive Officer (ACEO) for many years before landing the top post where she is also the Head of the Immigration Services, the Government newspaper Savali and other sectors of the Ministry. She has served the Prime Ministers Office and Foreign Affairs for more than twenty years.

She is one of a growing number of females taking leadership roles in the public sector. As a non-matai (title holder), she has broken culturally sensitive ground addressing subdued traditional gatherings such as parliament during the swearing in of the current Government and the swearing in of the Head of State last month.

Also taking a step further to the top within the Ministry is one of the longest serving officers at the Immigration Division, Lemalu Henry Taefu, who now holds the ACEO position. He takes over from Fa’afouina Milford who has retired after serving the division for more than 20 years.

The other Heads of Government Ministries reappointed are Pitolau Lusia Sefo as the CEO for the Inland Revenue and Customs Authority and Tupa’imatuna Iulai Lavea for the Ministry of Finance.

Awaiting official word whether they are reappointed as CEO’s are the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.

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