Samoa prepares for Royal visit in 2022

By Talaia Mika 08 August 2020, 7:00AM

A member of the Royal family in England is scheduled to be in Samoa in 2022, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, has revealed.

That member could be the Queen, Elizabeth II or one of her sons who would represent them during the 27th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (C.H.O.G.M) to be hosted in Samoa.

Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic closures, Prime Minister Tuilaepa said the Government is quietly preparing to host leaders from 54 different governments who are expected to attend the gathering.

Tuilaepa said the Royal family could be represented by the Queen as she is the head of the Commonwealth.

Queen Elizabeth II has attended every C.H.O.G.M. beginning with Ottawa in 1973 until Perth in 2011, although her formal participation only began in 1997. 

She was represented by the Prince of Wales at the 2013 meeting as the 87-year-old monarch was curtailing long distance travel.

The Queen attended the 2015 summit in Malta and the 2018 C.H.O.G.M held in London.

With her expected visit to the country, it is also a perfect opportunity for Samoa to promote its culture and beliefs, tourism and views to bigger states according to the Prime Minister.

The C.H.O.G.M is a bennial summit meeting of the leaders from all Commonwealth nations.

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister as well as other world leaders conducted their meeting online to discuss further about this important event for the world.

This is the first time they have done a meeting like this due to the Coronavirus.

It is also a perfect opportunity for Samoa to promote the country to bigger states, Prime Minister added.

“Hopefully by then, everything will be okay,” he said, referring to  Covid-19.

The 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2020 which is done every two years is scheduled to be held in Rwanda.

The summit was originally expected to be held in Malaysia but the decision of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak not to attend the 2018 summit due to political uncertainty at home meant that he was unable to formally propose Malaysia as host.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom will transfer the position of the Commonwealth Chair-in-Office held by the government leader of the CHOGM host country who will hold the post until the 27th CHOGM expected to be held in Samoa to the president of Rwanda.

On 21 April 2020 it was announced by Rwandan president Paul Kagaame and Patricia Scotland that CHOGM 2020 has been postponed until at least 2021 as a result of the Covid-19. The rescheduled event is still to be held in Kigali.

By Talaia Mika 08 August 2020, 7:00AM

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