Samoa Bureau of Statistic, transferred to Prime Minister's portfolio
Samoa’s Bureau of Statistics has now come under the portfolio of the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi.
This was approved by Cabinet last week, said Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa who is Acting Prime Minister, in a brief interview over the phone.
"I can confirm that and yes it was effective last week in Cabinet."
It is unclear as to what prompted the changes as Fiame did not give an explanation other than confirming the transfer.
She concluded that was the "only changes" in Cabinet last week.
The S.B.S. was under the portfolio of Minister Sala Fata Pinati.
In 2016, Cabinet approved the transfer of the Ministry of Police from under the Portfolio of Sala to the Prime Minister, following criminal charges filed against the Police Commissioner which was later dismissed in court.
The remaining Ministries under the portfolio of Minister Sala are the Samoa Tourism Authority, Samoa Trust Estate Corporation and the Audit Office.
The Samoa Observer attempted to get direct comments from the Minister Sala however was unsuccessful as of press time.
The S.B.S. is the leading quality statistic agency for the Samoa Government and their work assists in making informed decisions and track progress by providing relevant; quality statistical information.
The S.B.S. will be the tenth Ministry under the portfolio of the Prime Minister who has been in office for more than 20 years. Other Ministries oversees by the Prime Minister is Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Public Service Commission; Legislative Assembly; Office of the Attorney General; National Prosecution Office; Office of the Ombudsman; Samoa Law Reform Commission and the Ministry of Police. Other responsibilities include the Executive Council; Honours and Awards; Non-Governmental Organisations; Scholarship Committee; Remuneration Tribunal and Cabinet Development Committee.