Samoa’s New York man Ali'ioaiga to move to Fiji
Samoa’s new Embassy in Fiji will be led by the former Ambassador the United Nations and the United States, Ali’io’aiga Feturi Elisaia.
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, confirmed the appointment but did not say when exactly the new embassy would open.
It will be Samoa’s first official diplomatic posting to Fiji.
Ali’io’aiga recently finished a 16 year posting in New York, after first starting as Samoa’s Envoy to the U.N. in 2003.
Throughout those years, Ali’io’aiga was on the Green Climate Fund Board as the member for small island developing states, as well as their representative to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.
He was the Chairperson of the Pacific Islands Forum in New York twice, and from 2006 to 2020 was the focal point for Samoa to the Global Environment Facility.
It was Ali’io’aiga who was instrumental in having Samoa host the Small Island Developing States conference in 2014, where the S.A.M.O.A Pathway was written.
Deputy Permanent Representative, Miriama Betham-Malielegaoi, will become the Chargé d’affaires until a new Ambassador is appointed and relocated later this year.