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Curtain falls on Samoa’s 50th celebrations

MOMENT OF REFLECTION: The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua and the Masiofo, Her Highness Filifilia Tamasese and officials in Parliament. [Photo/Ron Kubik]

A special ceremony to end the celebration of the 50th Independence Anniversary of Samoa was held at Parliament, Ti’afau, yesterday.

It was attended by the Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, the Masiofo, Her Highness Filifilia Tamasese, Member of the Council of Deputies, Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II and his good lady, Fa’amausili Leinafo.

Also present was Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo, Speaker of the House, La’auli Leuatea Polata’ivao, Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament.

The Chief Justice Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu, President of the Land and Titles Court, Tagaloa Tuala Kerslake, Members of Diplomatic Corps and members of the business community were also present.

Joining the key dignitaries at the front of the Maota Fono were the Attorney General, Aumua Ming Leung Wai, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly Fepuleai Atila Ropati and CEO of the Ministry of the Prime Minister, Vaosa Epa.

Joint Chairperson of the 50th Independence Anniversary Committee, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua expressed his sincere gratitude to dignitaries and representatives of international agencies who attended the service.

In his keynote address, Prime Minister Tuilaepa said yesterday was a day of thanksgiving.

“We are a Christian nation and as we do at theend of all our endeavours, we give thanks to our Lord as we do in this special service,” he said. “In the very early year of our Independence, our young nation inevitably took time to come to grips with the art of self government.

“The institutions required for the administration of our country and to manage economy were at a starting phase of development with a full responsibility for our own destiny.

“It was also evident that we needed to accumulate both knowledge and experience to ensure that Samoa will be able to strike good with confidence to take its place amongst the family of the world’s nations.”

The struggles of ancestors who lost their livesin the fight for Samoa to give birth to its Independence were not forgotten by the Prime Minister.

“Thanks to the sacrifices of our forefathers who strived for Independence,” he said.

“The generous contribution of so many friends of Samoa, hard work of all our people, our country has achieved a great deal over the last fifty years.

“We have come a long way in the development of our country and Samoa will graduate under the United Nations criteria based on levels of prosperity and quality life to become a middle income country in 2014.”

Samoa’s recent membership of the World Trade Organisation was a milestone for the country, said Tuilaepa.

Samoa, being the first Pacific nation to become politically independent, is a proud achievement.

“It is also with great pride that our country is known around the region for political stability and the strength of our governance,” he emphasized.

He continued by thanking the many friends of Samoa who contributed in its development.



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