Join us for an address by the Hon. Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Samoa.
The Pacific is back in international headlines. New partners in the region are contributing to a fast-changing geostrategic landscape, and old partners are ‘stepping up’ in response. But how new are these current dynamics? How are the movements and machinations of large powers in the Pacific being viewed and responded to by Pacific Islanders themselves? How are Pacific Island countries shaping the engagement of partners in the region, and how will they continue to shape them in the future? Join us as we delve into these issues and more with Samoa’s Prime Minister.
Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi has served as a Member of Parliament representing the Lepa Constituency since 1981. He is the leader of the Human Rights Protection party, which currently retains 47 out of 50 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Samoa. He has previously served as Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. In 1998 he became the 6th Prime Minister of Samoa, and has led his party to four general election victories. He completed his secondary school at St Paul’s College, in Auckland, New Zealand. He then completed his Bachelor and Master of Commerce degrees from the University of Auckland. Before entering politics, Tuilaepa served in the Department of Treasury.