Chamber toasts the past, looks ahead

By Sarafina Sanerivi ,

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Tony Xuefang, Wang Xuefang, Ding Jie Frank, Elizabeth Cullity and Tagaloa Sharon Aiafi.

Tony Xuefang, Wang Xuefang, Ding Jie Frank, Elizabeth Cullity and Tagaloa Sharon Aiafi.

Members of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce raised their glasses to a successful 2015 and to mark the beginning of this year’s work at Gym 1, Tuana’imato, on Friday night.

They were joined by Members of Parliaments, members of the diplomatic corps, members of the business community and special guests. 

The event was made extra special with the launch of a new Strategic Plan for 2016-2020.

Deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo, congratulated the Chamber and encouraged them.

“The Government of Samoa in partnership with the Private Sector and is pleased to see that the Chamber is prioritising its governance tools in order for a transparent and accountable organisation,” said Fonotoe. 

“Our partnership will be strengthened by mutual understanding between our government and members of the business community striving to achieve overall prosperity for everyone.”

Fonotoe also encouraged members of the business communities to work together to ensure “that the private sector issues are well coordinated and presented to the Government.”

Looking back, the President of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce, Tuala Pat Leota, described the Chamber’s journey in 2015 as “challenging.”

“Apart from our normal work at the office, putting together the strategic plan and working on our Constitution review, which will be finalised in two weeks time, was very challenging for us,” he said.

 “It was a very challenging year for us. Especially in regards to our economy, as you know the economy of Samoa is not going up nor going down but it’s steady.”

But he is optimistic.

“We are looking forward to what the future has in store for us.”

He also spoke about internal challenges at the organisation.

“We had to make sure that there is a balance in the treatment of all our members,” he said. “Because sometimes some of our members think that they are treated as minority and we try our best to avoid these kinds of issues.”

She said this is not a new problem and assured they are working very hard to solve them.

The evening was hosted by the former President of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce, Namulau’ulu Sami Leota.

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