MPE advertises Gambling Control Authority’s CEO position


The Ministry of Public Enterprises has advertised the Chief Executive Officer position for the Gambling Control Authority.

The position is currently held by Tuala Siaki Tuala. The due date is 20 June for all interested parties to apply for the position.

The MPE position competency indicated the applicant must articulate a clear vision for the Gambling Control Authority and inspire a sense of shared purpose that drives the Authority’s vision and long-term direction.

Also outlined what developed clear goals that are consistent with approved strategies, identify priority activities, and allocate
resources appropriately and able to initiate and analyse policies and provide strategic advice at the Ministerial and Board level.

Furthermore must demonstrates a clear understanding of political, social, and economic factors affecting the Authority among other mandates.

The Samoa Gambling Control Authority’s main objective is to license casinos, manage their operation, and bring under the control of one Authority all gambling and gaming activities with a view to better control and enhance monitoring of the gambling sector.

The last quarter of the financial year available on the MPE indicated that for Casinos, given its only players are eligible members of the local community, the Casino’s Gross Gaming Revenue is 78% lower compared to the corresponding quarter in FY20, which was stricken with heavy restrictions and declining economic activities.

“The Authority has paid out $830,747 for its Jackpot draws to date, this accounts for 12% of its total payouts (direct costs) within the same duration. It indicates the growing popularity of its other lottery products (e.g. bingo, bonus), partly due to loosened restrictions in place,
substituting for loss income from the Casino.”

There was also a donation of $5,000 was presented to the Little Sisters of the Poor and there was a loss regarding ticket sales against the level of payouts in the quarter totaling $96,251 to end this financial year. This is exclusive of Casino revenue and commissions.

In April, the Ministry of Police and Prisons slapped the Samoa National Lotto with a $10,000 fine for breach of the State of Emergency Orders.

This was confirmed by Acting Police Commissioner, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo in response to questions from Radio Polynesia.

“The Agency was warned last week, not to proceed with their gamings, as it is prohibited under the SOE orders however, the warning was ignored. “I can confirm that two tickets were issued and it’s $5,000 each,” said Auapa’au at the time.

Under SOE orders six bans the opening of “gaming facilities”.