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H.E.  Safuneituuga  PAAGA NERI

Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Independent State of Samoa

"As Commissioner of the new Broadband Commission for Digital Development, I believe Broadband is very important, especially in developing countries like Samoa as it is the enabler and mechanism that allows us to deliver services online particularly in education, health, agriculture, commerce and a safe environment. It allows the government through the use of e-Government to be more accountable, efficient and transparent in its interactions with its citizens."

Honorable Safuneituuga Paaga Neri FEPULEA’I is the Minister of Communications and Information Technology for the Government of SAMOA.

She has been a Member of Parliament since 2001 and has served also as Associate Minister for the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development from 2001-2005 and Ministry of Justice in 2006.

In 2001-2006 she has represented the Samoan Parliament to the ACP-EU Forum. Safuneituuga has a Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of the South Pacific, added to other educational qualifications from Universities in New Zealand and Australia. Before her political career, Safuneituuga has been an educationist for 30 years and is still very involved in development activities at grass-root community levels