Dr. Fanaafi Aiono-Le Tagaloa remains head of S.I.F.A.

Matters concerning the position of the Samoa International Finance Authority (S.I.F.A.) Chief Executive Officer rests with Cabinet and the Authority’s Board of Directors. 

So said S.I.F.A. C.E.O. To'oto'oleaava Dr. Fanaafi Aiono-Le Tagaloa, in response to queries from the Samoa Observer on the position which was advertised in April this year. 

To'otooleaava was contacted through her office telephone and asked for a comment.

She asked this reporter to instead send questions through email. 

“All matters concerning the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa International Finance Authority (S.I.F.A.), are being handled by the S.I.F.A. Board of Directors and Cabinet," she said responded. 

"At the conclusion of which all interested parties will be duly advised."

She was asked about her contract, whether it has ended and if she is reapplying for the top job.

She did not respond.

The Minister for Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, also declined to comment when he was contacted earlier. 

A warrant of appointment signed by the Head of State, His Highness Tuimalealiifano Sualauvi Vaaletoa II and dated 16 September noted the appointment of Tootooleaava on a temporary basis from 4 September “until the day the appointment of the C.E.O. is made”. 

The warrant stated the appointment is made pursuant to the advice of Cabinet as per Cabinet Directive FK(19)31 dated 4 September 2019 and subsection 10(1) of the SIFA Act 2005. 

“The terms of appointment are subject to terms and conditions as specified,” the warrant stated. 

According to subsection 10(10) of the S.I.F.A. Act, a Chief Executive Officer of the Authority may be appointed by Cabinet, acting on the advice of the Minister on such terms and conditions as it deems fit. 

A press release from the Government Press Secretariat in June 2016 confirmed the official appointment of To'oto'oleava by Cabinet for a term of three years. 

There were nine applications for the position at that time and To'oto'o was the preferred candidate from the five who were shortlisted.  

In April this year, the position of the S.I.F.A. C.E.O. was advertised in the Samoa Observer.   

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