Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi
Remarks at Rosalote Guest Fale, Sapapalii
Miss Samoa launch
This evening is history in the making. It marks the 33rd anniversary since the Government of Samoa launched the Miss Samoa Pageant in 1985.
But paramount to the Government, it will be the first time that the Miss Samoa Pageant will be staged in Savaii, reaffirming that the Pageant is the People’s Pageant.
It is no great secret that Government remains committed to its resolve that what is good for Upolu is also good for Savaii.
And having the Pageant here on the Big Island not only reaffirms that commitment but also reinstates the Government’s Strategic Development Plan for the Salelologa Township.
Government continues to be at frontline in our drive for new business investments here at Salelologa. This is complemented by the government’s initiative to decentralise many of the government services to Salelologa to re-enforce the One Stop Shop for all services to be readily available for the residents of the Big Island.
Lastly but not the least, Tourism as the main stay of our economy stands to benefit which will translate to more income for Savaii stakeholders and the people.
And it’s Savaii residents that will reap the fruits of our labour of love through new employment opportunities and more business activities.
It would be amiss for me, should I fail to acknowledge the ingenuity of the Samoa Events Incorporated, (SEI) which came up with idea for Savaii to host the 2018 Miss Samoa Pageant. This is the 3rd year that SEI which government had outsourced the contract to host the Miss Samoa annual event has staged two successful pageants.
And mindful of the daunting task in hosting the event on the Big Island, I call on all Savaii residents and our business stakeholders to support the Miss Samoa Pageant. It is a rare opportunity and it will be the pathway for future national events to be staged on the Big Island.
On that note, I now declare for Savaii to host the Miss Samoa Pageant 2018. Ia soifua.