Diplomatic Corps Reception to Farewell Hon. Murray McCully, NZ Minister of Foreign Affairs
Monday 15th May 2017
Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Heads of Missions
The Samoa High Commissioner and Dean of the Diplomatic Corp along with members of the Diplomatic Corps hosted a farewell reception in honour of the Hon. Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Wellington Club on Monday 10th April 2017.
This reception was well attended by the invited dignitaries including representatives from the Minister's Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade.
H.E Leasi Papalii T. Scanlan made a brief speech on behalf of the Diplomatic Corp to officially welcome the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Minister of Foreign Affairs responded to the Dean of the Diplomatic Corp to express his appreciation for the reception being organised in his honour and wished the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and members of the Diplomatic Corps the very best in their respective endeavours.
Visa Agreement on Mutual Abolition of Visa Requirements with the Russian Federation
Monday 15th May 2017
Samoa and Russian Federation exchange documents after the signing of the Visa-Free Agreement
The High Commissioner of Samoa to New Zealand, H.E Leasi Papalii T Scanlan signed the visa-free agreement on behalf of the Government of the Independent State of Samoa whereas the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to New Zealand, H.E Mr Valery Yakovleviah Tereshchenko, signed on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation. The documentations were signed in Wellington, New Zealand on the 4th April 2017.
The Agreement is aimed at strengthening the relations between the two parties by easing travel requirements for all passport holders (diplomatic/official/ordinary) from Samoa; and diplomatic and service passport holders from the Russian Federation.
It provides visa free travel for Samoan nationals to enter into (stay in, exit from or transit) the Russian Federation for a stay of not exceeding sixty (60) days. This exemption does not apply to Samoan nationals travelling for the purpose of work, study or reside in the territory of the Russian Federation. The Agreement will enter into force 30 days after the date of the receipt of formal ratification from both parties.
H.E Mr Leasi Papali’i T Scanlan on behalf of the Government of the Independent State of Samoa thanked the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, H.E Mr Valery Yakovleviah Tereshchenko for this opportunity that will allow for visa-free travel between the two countries. This would be a positive contribution to the development of tourism and other priority sectors of mutual interest to Samoa and the Russian Federation.
Pacific Partnership for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Tool Launched in Wellington, New Zealand
Thursday 30th March 2017
NZ Immigration leaders, Pacific dignitaries and invited guests during the launch.
On Tuesday 21st March 2017, guests from Pacific States and Australia alongside representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) celebrated the successful launch of a data collection tool for the nine Pacific Island States that participated in the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme.
This project was made possible by MFAT funding to implement the Strengthening Pacific Partnerships (SPP) Project and is a genuine partnership between MBIE, MFAT and the Pacific. It has taken eighteen months for this project to be completed and with the close network and support of the Pacific institutions in the respective capitals has enabled SV8 Consultant Ltd to complete this project in time.
Matt Hoskin, National Manager Skills and Investment, explained the benefits of this data collection tool. “These databases will enable those Pacific countries that take part in RSE to more efficiently and effectively manage their RSE workforce, and into the future, their total workforce as we expand labour mobility into new sectors. “We’re now able to collect data on each worker and each potential worker coming to New Zealand. Employers will have good information at their fingertips that helps with the selection of employees.”
Fijian High Commissioner, Filimone Waqabaca says there are benefits to Pacific countries too. “People returning from the RSE Programme bring not only financial support for their communities but new learning as well. This database will help Pacific countries identify where most RSE scheme workers are coming from and encourage people from other parts of the country to participate in the scheme to benefit the economy of their local area.”
For MFAT this data collection tool means they can better track the money being sent back to Pacific Countries. Kerryn Lang, Development Manager for Pacific labour mobility says, “the database can help us track remittance flows back to the Pacific and get a better picture of the economic impacts of RSE for the workers’ families and communities. It could also be an area for collaboration with Australia in future, using this information tool for mutual benefit.”
The domain for Samoa’s website is www.samoastrong.ws and the responsibility is on the Pacific Government Officials to update their country’s database and website of worker’s information and registration. The Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is the focal point for the RSE program and the database has already been set-up for the worker’s information to be updated on a regular basis by the Ministry.
Victoria University Students Hosted by the Samoa High Commission
Thursday 30th March 2017
Samoa High Commissioner, H.E Leasi Papali’i T. Scanlan with students & staff of Victoria University
As customary each year, the Samoa High Commissioner and staff invited the Samoan students from Victoria University to a welcome luncheon on Saturday 18th March 2017 at the Samoa High Commission Office. This reception was well attended by over 40 new, current, scholarship, private and postgraduate students. During his remarks, the High Commissioner H.E Leasi Papali’i T. Scanlan welcomed the students to the Samoa High Commission Office and to Wellington. He went on to encourage the students to be vigilant in their school work, always thinking of their families support and to call into the Samoa High Commission should they ever require any assistance.
Diplomatic Corps Reception in Honour of the NZ Prime Minister, Rt Hon Bill English and The First Lady
Thursday 30th March 2017
Rt Hon Bill English, Prime Minister of NZ, First Lady Dr Mary English & Members of the Dip. Corps
The Samoa High Commissioner and Dean of the Diplomatic Corp along with members of the Diplomatic Corps hosted a reception in honour of the 39th New Zealand Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Bill English and the First Lady, Dr Mary English at the InterContinental Hotel in Wellington on Friday 17th March 2017.
This reception was well attended by the invited dignitaries including representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
H.E Leasi Papali'i T. Scanlan made a brief speech on behalf of the Diplomatic Corp to officially welcome the Prime Minister and First Lady. The Rt Hon. Bill English responded to the Dean of the Diplomatic Corp to express his appreciation for the reception being organised in his honour and wished the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and members of the Diplomatic Corps the very best in their respective endeavours.
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