New C.E.O. at Ministry of Communications

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (M.C.I.T.) has a new Chief Executive Officer.

He is Talatalaga Fualau Matau.

He his poised to take over from outgoing long-serving C.E.O., Tuaimalo Asamu Ah Sam, who has held the position since April 2003.

The appointment was announced by the Minister of M.C.I.T., Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i, during their end of the year party last week, staff members present told the Samoa Observer.

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Prior to his new role, Talatalaga had served as the Assistant Chief Executive Officer (A.C.E.O.) for the Policy Division in M.C.I.T. He had also served as an A.C.E.O. with Public Service Commission prior to moving to M.C.I.T.  

It was not possible to get an official comment from the new C.E.O. yesterday. 

The outgoing C.E.O. Tuaimalo had served five consecutive terms.

He had held the position when M.C.I.T. was formerly called the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (M.P.T).

According to the terms of the reference, the Chief Executive Officer is responsible to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology for the reviewing and update Communications Sector Policy, the development and review of a National Broadcasting Policy, also the monitoring of the implementation of Government policy in the Sector. 

The C.E.O. is also to monitor the provision of postal, telecommunications, broadcasting and I.C.T. services and also provide of advice with regards the grant and operation of licences of postal, telecommunications and broadcasting services. 

The C.E.O. is also tasked to assist the development of human resources capacity in the communications sector and fostering positive relations with international bodies of which Samoa is a member, such as International Telecommunications Union, Universal Postal Union, Asia-Pacific Telecommunity, Pacific Island Telecom Association and other relevant donor organisations. 

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