Samoa’s new Counsel General to Am. Samoa is on a mission.


Samoa’s new Counsel General Fata Brian Kaio is a man on a mission.
Appointed last year December under the FAST Administration, Fata says there is a need for an active relationship between the two Samoa’s.

“Increasing cooperation between Samoa and American Samoa in different development areas, such as agricultural exports” is a priority for Fata.

“Also a need to exchange between our public services, as well as border security, tourism, labour mobility, trade and investments; and consular services,” said Fata in an interview with Radio Polynesia.

He confirmed a meeting scheduled with Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga next week and has several issues to discuss for the betterment of the two Samoa’s.
He will also reach out to the American Samoa Cabinet Members for development matters.

Fata arrived in American Samoa last week, he replaces Manogimanu Fonoti Etuale whose term has ended.

He served as Counselor and Deputy Head of Mission for Samoa’s High Commission in Canberra Australia, for four years from 2013 – 2017.

He also served as an Assistant Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and oversaw the Protocol Division (Chief of Protocol).
Fata’s appointment was revealed in a confidential Cabinet Directive21-50 dated 22 December, 2021.

Fata has extensive senior leadership and management experience over the years in the Samoa government’s.

Last year Fata was one of the recipients of the prestigious Chevening Scholarship, to undertake Masters studies the Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
Fata recently returned to Samoa, after his studies.

In sports, Fata is known for his love of rugby and played for Marist St. Josephs Sports Club and served as Tournament Director for the Vailima Marist International Sevens from 2018-2020.

He’s married to Stephanie and they have four children.