Prime Minister Confident with Preparations for CHOGM

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PC: Government Press Secretariat.

By: Jasmine Netzler-Iose.

“How confident? I am very confident, I am a Pacific Islander, we are used to hosting people, but we will host people in the Pacific way.”

Samoa’s Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa is confident that Samoa is on track with preparations for hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting scheduled to take place here later this year in October.

The question was posed to the Prime Minister by a member of the New Zealand visiting media accompanying Deputy Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters and Minister of the Pacific Peoples Hon. Dr Shane Reti.

Joint press conference during official visit of Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters. PC: Government Press Secretariat.

Fiame was asked how confident she was that Samoa was on track with preparations given the enormity of C.H.O.G.M. and what exactly did Samoa want from New Zealand.

According to Fiame New Zealand will provide accommodation with funding that will allow Samoa to bring in a cruise ship, similar to the SIDs in 2014.

“Very early on in the planning especially in areas of security New Zealand reached out’.

“They were probably the first task force to get going in preparation for C.H.O.G.M.”

Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand and long time friend of Samoa, Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters said Samoa has people who know how to organise themselves and has no doubts about the success of Samoa hosting..

“We have every confidence this will be a series of successes.”

“Samoa has a stable democracy, and has people that know how to organise themselves more than most who respect the hierarchy and in this case the democratic order.”

“It will be a great success,” said Vaovasamanaia.

Samoa is the first Pacific Small Island Developing State to be hosting the Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations.

It is scheduled to take place from the 21st to the 25th of October 2024 and this year’s gathering is the 27th C.H.O.G.M. themed “One Resilient Common Future: Transforming our Common Wealth.”

The meeting aims to strengthen: Resilient democratic institutions upholding human rights, democracy, and the rule of law – a resilient environment to combat climate change.

The Commonwealth is made up of 56 independent and equal countries and is home to 2.5 billion people, and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. 33 of our members are small states, including many island nations.