In a press conference with local media Friday morning, Prime Minister Hon Fiame Naomi Mataafa confirmed two appointments to the Public Service Commission.
The three-member Public Service Commission of Samoa is now complete with the announcement of Education Specialist Gatoloai Tili Afamasaga and Engineer Consultant Fonoti Perelini Perelini as Commissioners.
The two new appointments will complete the three-member Commission, now Chaired by HR Specialist, Nonu Lemauga Saleimoa Vaai.
Long serving educator Gatoloai Tili Afamasaga has extensive experience on governing boards and Chairs the Board of the Samoa Qualifications Authority.
She has been active in teaching and teacher training in Samoa and the Pacific for over 40 years.
In 2016 Gatoloai was awarded the Krishna Datt Award for Excellence in Trade Unionism and Leadership in the Pacific.
Gatoloai’s public service dates back to 1984, when she was appointed Principal of Western Samoa Teachers College, a position she held for thirteen years. When the college merged with the National University of Samoa in 1997, Gatoloai became its first Dean for the Faculty of Education.
After eight years, she became the first Director of the University’s Oloamanu Centre for Professional Development and Continuing Education.
Since 2012, Gatoloai has been working as a Consultant within all areas of education and social development. Gatoloai is the President of the Samoa Workers Congress, and was until recently President of the Council of Pacific Education for eight years.
Fonoti Perelini Perelini has served on a number of State Owned Enterprise Boards in both Samoa and American Samoa.
Fonoti has also served on the Council of the National University of Samoa.
Fonoti was the Chief Technical Advisor for the IMPRESS Project, that aims to improve the sustainable and cost-effective utilisation of indigenous renewable resources for energy production in Samoa.
Fonoti has vast experience in engineering and energy development, having also worked as a Consultant for various parts of the Pacific Region.
The three-member Commission is now complete and will be moving forward with the process of recruitment and interviews for Ministry CEO positions currently vacant.