Private Sector unifies under Samoa Chamber of Commerce Industry


The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) is under new leadership after its Annual General Meeting this week at the Taumeasina Island Resort, after it was delayed earlier in the year due to COVID-19. 

A statement issued highlighted a milestone achieved at the AGM, with the unification of Samoa’s leading Private Sector Organizations (PSOs) under the umbrella of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce, Samoa’s National Private Sector Organization, for the first time in 10 years. 

With the Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters (SAME) rejoining SCCI, the private sector of Samoa is again united as one family. 

SAME President, Taulapapa Maria Leota, stated the significance of SAME rejoining the National Private Sector Organization, “SAME is now a proud member of the SCCI. We recognize that joining together as a united private sector will strengthen and promote our businesses. Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”. 

The SCCI President shared these sentiments, stating “… this is a significant historical milestone. A truly united private sector that is aligned on how we can work collectively on the challenges and opportunities for the private sector, in particular, to advocate on issues impacting the growth of our private sector as the engine of growth for our local economy”. The unification is crucial, as now the private sector can continue to work with our Government with one voice to address policy issues for the benefit and development of our business community and our economy. 

The new Samoa Chamber of Commerce Executive Council, President Seulupe Michelle Macdonald; Vice President, Faasootauloa Sam Saili; Treasurer, Tom Hogarth; Secretary, Nadia Meredith-Hunt, with general members Fuimaono Hugo Betham;Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai and Enele Westerlund. 

The PSO representatives to the Council are Tupai Saleimoa Va’ai, Tony Atilua, Funefeai Oliva Vaai, and Taulapapa Maria Leota. 

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry AGM 2022, was sponsored by Taumeasina Island Resort and Taula Beverages Samoa.