Gi Malala nominated to DBAS board of directors
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has nominated Gi Malala of Pago Pago as a member of the Development Bank of American Samoa board of directors. He replaces Malemo Tausaga, who has since been nominated as director of the Department of Administrative Services.
Earlier this month, the governor wrote to Malemo to tender his resignation as a member of the DBAS board, where he served as chairman. The governor reminded Malemo of the administration’s policy that no director shall serve on any ASG board or commission since they already have their jobs to do and this will allow others in the community to serve on boards and commissions.
In his nomination letter dated Aug. 7 to Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie, the governor says Malemo’s term was set to expire next month and Gi’s nomination is for a full two-year term to take effect upon his confirmation by the Senate.
Lolo says Gi brings a wealth of experience to the DBAS board, adding that the nominee is a businessman operating in the last 24 years a successful company called Malala Rental and Leasing. The governor states Gi also has relevant experience in property management and the construction industry. For seven years Gi successfully managed the Pago Pago Community Hall and he has built eleven single family residential homes and two warehouses in the territory.
Gi also spent four years as special assistant to the Senate President (during Lolo’s tenure as Senate President). As special assistant, Gi’s duties included financial analysis of the government’s authorities, such as the American Samoa Power Authority, American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority, LBJ Medical Center and DBAS.
According to the governor, the nominee — who received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee — will be a valuable contribution to the DBAS board. He urged the Senate for early consideration and approval.
The Senate has not yet set a confirmation hearing date for Gi and it’s unclear if a hearing date will be set over the next three weeks, which is when the Fono’s main topic of discussion will be the fiscal year 2014 budget.
Following a confirmation hearing in early April this year, the Senate confirmed DBAS members, Senate President ProTemp Nua Saoluaga, House Vice Speaker Talia Faafetai Iaulualo, Leapei Fa’aola, and Malepeai Setu.
Nominee Fiapa’ipa’i Fruean was off at the time and therefore her confirmation hearing is still pending.
Local law states that the affairs of DBAS must be managed and its corporate powers exercised by a board, which consists of ten members, nine of whom are to be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate only. The DBAS president is a non voting ex officio member of the board and the president may not serve as chairman.
Information obtained by Samoa News states there are three current board members’ whose terms have not yet expired. They are Taiulagi Mauga, Samana Semo Ve’ave’a and Seti Lopa Seti.