Samoa Government has revived its Honours and Award, after five years.


The Samoa Government has revived its Honours and Award, after five years.  

This initiative was established in 1993 whereas Samoan citizens nominate individuals based on their exceptional contributions to the country. 

The Chairman of the Special Committee and Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Agafili Shem Leo in a video recording made the announcement this week. 

He was accompanied by Committee member Seiuli Tulimaseali’i Moala. 

According to Agafili they have received eight nominations hence the committee opting to extend the due date for nomination to the last day of January. 

Furthermore, Agafili confirmed there are 13 awards prepared for community leaders who made a difference in the country. 

The Honours and Award ceremony is conducted on a biennial basis the Honours and Awards ceremony is hosted by the Government to recognise and award Samoan citizens with meritorious achievements and outstanding service to the country and to the people in all sectors of the economy. 

There are 13 Orders of Merit prescribed under the Honours and Awards Act 1999 and the Honours and Awards Amendment Act 2018. These legislations outline the criteria for eligibility and selection of awardees.

Since its inception in 1993, the government have conferred awards to 99 Samoan citizens from different fields including government services, agriculture, fishing, tourism, professional services, handicrafts, community services, business, and sports.