THE HON TUILA’EPA LUPESOLIAI NEIOTI AIONO SAILELE MALIELEGAOI

PRIME MINISTER

SAMOA

The Hon Tuila’epa Lupesoliai Neioti Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi was sworn in as the 6th Prime Minister of Samoa on 23 November 1998. He is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Prime Minister Tuila’epa began his political career in 1981, where he became a member of Parliament representing his district of Lepa. He is a member of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) and was appointed Minister for Economic Affairs, Transport and Civil Aviation, and Associate Minister of Finance from 1982 – 1983. In late 1983, during a Cabinet reshuffle, Mr Tuila’epa was appointed Minister for Finance. He was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in 1991, and was given the portfolios of Tourism and of Trade, Commerce and Industries to administer.

Prime Minister Tuila’epa began his career as an Investigating Officer at the treasury Department in 1970. He was appointed Deputy Director of the Economic Department from 1971 – 1973, and later appointed as the Deputy Financial Secretary from 1973 – 1978. He later left Samoa in 1978 to work at the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) General Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium in the Division of Expert Intra-ACP Trade, Transport and Communications.

He also held other significant portfolios including; Executive Council, Cabinet Secretariat, the Prime Minister’s Department, Immigration and Government Printing, Foreign Affairs, Office of the Attorney General, Public Service Commission, Police, Prisons and Fire Department, Samoa Communications Ltd, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication and Polynesian Airlines Limited.

Prime Minister Tuila’ epa hosted the Third International Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) Conference in Apia, Samoa in September 2014 paving the way for the SAMOA PATHWAY. He was re-elected as Prime Minister in 2016.

He holds a Bachelors Degree and a Master of Commerce from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

He was born on 14 April 1945 in Lepa, Samoa.

Prime Minister Tuila’epa began his career as an Investigating Officer at the treasury Department in 1970. He was appointed Deputy Director of the Economic Department from 1971 – 1973, and later appointed as the Deputy Financial Secretary from 1973 – 1978. He later left Samoa in 1978 to work at the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) General Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium in the Division of Expert Intra-ACP Trade, Transport and Communications.

He also held other significant portfolios including; Executive Council, Cabinet Secretariat, the Prime Minister’s Department, Immigration and Government Printing, Foreign Affairs, Office of the Attorney General, Public Service Commission, Police, Prisons and Fire Department, Samoa Communications Ltd, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication and Polynesian Airlines Limited.

Prime Minister Tuila’ epa hosted the Third International Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) Conference in Apia, Samoa in September 2014 paving the way for the SAMOA PATHWAY. He was re-elected as Prime Minister in 2016.

He holds a Bachelors Degree and a Master of Commerce from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

He was born on 14 April 1945 in Lepa, Samoa.