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Prime Minister Fiame to give this year’s Peter Tali Coleman Lecture on Pacific Public Policy

Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa

When: Apr 4, 2022 5:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) [REVISED DATE]

Prime Minister, Afioga Fiame Naomi Mataafa first entered Parliament in 1985 and is the leader of the Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) party.

Fiame is the first female Prime Minister and was also the first Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa.  She is the Member of Parliament from the Lotofaga Constituency on Upolu’s South Coast.

Fiame first joined Cabinet in 1991 as Minister of Education, Sports and Culture.  She also served as the Minister of Justice and Courts Administration and in the last Parliamentary term, she was the Minister for Natural Resources and Environment.

Fiame has represented Samoa in the Executive Boards of UNESCO and Governors of the Commonwealth of Learning. She is currently the Chair and Pro-Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific and also the Chair of the Eminent Persons’ Advisory Panel (Pacific Leadership Programme) Australia.

Fiame is a member of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa at Lotofaga, Aleipata.

Introducing her will be Congresswoman Amata Radewagen, representing American Samoa.

The Peter Tali Coleman Lecture in Pacific Public Policy is an occasional lecture honoring the memory of America’s longest-serving governor of a US state or territory.  This lecture is also part of the Blue Pacific Futures series, hosted by the Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies at Georgetown University and the Center for Pacific Island Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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