Former Justice Chief Executive starts afresh

The former Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, Papali’i John Taimalelagi, is starting a new business.

Afele and Associates, based in New Zealand, is a consultancy firm established to provide assistance to Samoans with regards to Land and Titles Court matters.

The new business is a fresh start for the former C.E.O. who was sacked by the Government following an investigation by the Public Service Commission (P.S.C.).

“This new business is a result of Samoans urging me to start a consultancy firm to assist Samoans,” he said in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

“While they know about my career mishaps, they continue to seek my help and this has opened doors for me.”

Papali’i is adamant there is a big demand for services provided by his new venture.

 “It’s a mobile service and this new venture was initiated as a result of Samoans urging me to assist them in their Land and Titles Court matters,” he said.

Besides, Papali’i said his passion has always been about issues in the judiciary sector and the business came naturally.

“It’s time for a change,” he said. “It’s time to move on to better and greater things.

 “I am looking forward to this new venture and what it has in store for me and my career.

 “Our people need the technical support with Land and Titles matters and this is my way of assisting them.

And although the business is based in New Zealand, the services will be made available in Australia and Samoa.

Papali’i holds a Bachelor of Arts Management and Public Administration and Economics from the University of South Pacific Suva – Fiji.

He also holds a certificate for Mediation from Otago University, in New Zealand.  

The man from Sapapali’i Savai’i said he brings with him a wealth of experience to assist members of the public with their Court matters.

“I have experience in policy and operational functions and had occupied a unique position at the interface between the Executive and the Judiciary, to achieve the Government’s priorities in the areas of justice and law,” he said.

“While as C.E.O. I have developed relationships with the judiciary and other sector players effectively to facilitate the appropriate management of the interface between the Executive and the Judiciary.

“I was the driving force for performance improvement across the Justice system.

 “The challenge is to ensure that the policies and operations of sector agencies are coordinated and aligned to deliver a fiscally sustainable Justice sector.”

Papali’i said one of the highlights of his career was facilitating mediation for the settlement of Land and Titles Court disputes.







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