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Lalanga 4 Cs

Coordination

Cooperation

Commitment

Care

35 years of professional experience with premier international institutions in senior management and on sustainable development and public policy.

A visionary and thought leader, an excellent strategist, she has influenced and guided strategy, policy and programmes across international, regional, and national dialogues.

She has interacted with Leaders through country dialogues, inter-governmental processes, regional meetings and one-to-one through her engagements during her career with the UN system, and with regional intergovernmental organisations, namely PIFS and SPC. She continues to engage with Leaders, Ministers, and people of the Pacific region in her current role.

She is a seasoned development economist and practitioner, and a women’s rights advocate. She is a results-oriented team leader. She is fluent in English, Tongan, Samoan and Tok Pisin. She is married to Mr. Mitimiti Siamomua of Samoa. They have five children and three grandchildren.

She is a firm believer that “actions speak louder than words.”

She is ready for the challenge!

At the crossroads

At A Glance

What do I bring?

“Lalanga” or weaving is a tradition that is common in communities and societies of the Pacific, whether from Micronesia to Melanesia and Polynesia.  This fundamental skill of our communities to weave baskets, mats, clothing or fishing nets entails a patient and careful approach by multiple hands, laying strand upon strand, with overarching view of what the finished creation will be.  Lalanga, however, is more than weaving.  As our ancestors have taught us, the lessons of Lalanga coordination, cooperation, commitment, and care (4Cs) can be applied methodically through our life’s challenges.

A new dawn for Pacific regionalism

Push the pause button

Endorsements

from the Rt Hon Helen Clark

“The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) is the premium political agency for the region. This is the body that brings together the Leaders of Pacific Island Countries (PICs), including Australia and New Zealand to deliberate and decide on key regional issues. Key regional issues, as to be expected, cover a wide range of areas such as economic development, infrastructure development, transportation, telecommunications and e-Government, climate change and disasters, health such as the COVID 19 pandemic, education, gender, security and so forth. The PIFS should anchor all the efforts of technical regional inter-governmental organisations to ensure they are supporting all PICs big and small. Thus, the next Secretary General should have the calibre and the “mana” to do exactly that. I have faith in Ms Ámelia Kinahoi Siamomua as a candidate (now) and as the next Secretary General, to take the region to a higher level of economic, social, environmental development and resiliency, based on the aspirations of the Leaders and people of PICs.” Dr Netatua Pelesikoti, Environmental Scientist, Former Director Climate Change Division, SPREP;  Programme Manager, Central Services Unit (CSU), IDA 18, World Bank Projects

“For SIDS, building back differently needs leadership that is robust and committed to inclusion and tackling COVID19 beyond borders.  Regional solidarity and institutions are critical to building back better to recover from the crisis and build more resilient economies and societies. To address deepening inequality within and between countries, and to tackle the climate emergency, we need modern leadership that combines experience and empathy. I have witnessed Amelia’s commitment to regional and international cooperation, her abilities as a consensus-builder and an effective facilitator. I was proud to be her colleague and look forward to seeing her at work for the Pacific.” Vijay Krishnarayan of Trinidad and Tobago, Former Director-General (2012-2019), Commonwealth Foundation  

Championing Change

“Amelia is the best option we have in the Pacific. She will ensure there is an intersectional approach in the pursuit of improving the welfare of all Pacific Island lives, and our environment, especially during this pandemic. Her 35 years of experience of working with Governments, civil society, and various stakeholders including women, and youth across the African, Asian, Carribbean, and Pacific regions, will bring value and fearless leadership to the role of the Secretary General, PIFS.” Elizabeth V Kite, Founding CEO of Pacific Lead and Tonga Youth Leaders

Amelia is the living example of the true Pacific understanding of unity in differences. Her 4 Cs of Coordination, Cooperation, Commitment and Care are centred in the Pacific original philosophy that sustains balance and harmony in relationships both within communities and among nations. I interacted with Amelia while undertaking post-doctoral research in the UK in 2017, and it was then that I witnessed first-hand her sharpness in interpreting diverse information in a short period of time, her openness to new ideas, and her promptness in taking action when she connected me to all possible avenues she identified as necessary for furthering my research endeavours the UK and beyond. Amelia has the physical capacity, spiritual power, and intellectual flexibility to re-unite the voices and wisdom of our Pacific region. She is a post covid-19 opportunity for the Pacific Island Forum Countries to re-establish their international identity in this new era that is upon us.Dr. Kaitu’u ‘i Pangai Funaki, Founder of the Dignified Pacific Initiative, Co-founder of the Emerging and Developing Economies Network Seminars, Researcher with the Center for Democracy Promotion (Japan), and Director of the Royal Oceania Institute (Tonga)

There is a prevailing gap in the kind of leadership that is connected with people and their realities and at the same time able to inspire and galvanise action at multiple levels of decision-making. Amelia exemplifies leadership that has the breadth and depth of hands-on experience in country-specific development and enriched by decades of working for regional and global cooperation. She is intimate with the cultural specificity of large ocean nations, possess a substantive knowledge of the nuance of gender and its intersectionality and a fierce advocate of the rights of women. As a colleague, Amelia and I worked together, strategizing and supporting ways to amplify voices of women and those less heard across the Commonwealth and beyond. I am proud of her commitment to people’s participation in governance, crucial at this time of crisis. The Pacific in these unprecedented times needs a leader with an extraordinary knowledge of the region and a passion to see the Pacific rise even stronger. I look forward to Amelia’s return to her roots, leading alongside the people of the Pacific.” Myn Garcia, Canada, Former Deputy Director General (2012-2019), Commonwealth Foundation

“For many it means survival and duty of care must drive actions”

Strengthening member countries capacity to prevent violations and abuses, ensuring accountability

Empowerment of the most vulnerable groups and fully respecting humanitarian principles

SERVING PASEFIKA
⭐️ I travelled North, island hopped in Micronesia to provide services to member countries of the Pacific Forum and SPC.
⭐️I lived and served in Melanesia, in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Fiji and visited Solomon Islands many times for work.
⭐️ I traveled to the atolls of Kiribati and Tuvalu to provide technical assistance to Government and to develop strategic plans with civil society.
⭐️I worked with Governments of the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tonga in different capacities.
⭐️I was a member of the PIFS team proving technical assistance to the Forum Observer Group to New Caledonia. I lived and worked in New Caledonia while serving with SPC
⭐️ I was a member of PIFS team undertaking the roadshow promoting trade liberalisation to the member countries
⭐️⭐️Leading the preparations and convening of the Pacific Forum’s Small States Meetings; PIC/Development Partners Meeting was my responsibility. I was one of those non-political staff members that was in the core PIFs team serving the Pacific Forum Leaders Meeting; Post-Forum Dialogue. I served in FEMM, FRSC and FOC meetings.
⭐️⭐️While serving as a member of the UN Pacific Country Team, I continued to attend FEMM, and contributed to the UN-CROP Working Group on MDGs and the Pacific Plan.

Issues ranging from sustainable development, governance, MDGs, vulnerability profiling, gender equality, economic security to trade liberalisation.
⭐️⭐️⭐️I am a daughter of the Pacific Blue Continent who is ready to give back to our sea of islands.
Amelia Kinahoi Siamomua, July 2020
Tonga’s🇹🇴 Candidate for Secretary General, PIFS #PSIDS #Pacificregionalism



International relations and development cooperation; intergovernmental and multilateralism are crucial for the Pacific regionalism amd PSIDS. If successful, I will lead, offer insights and creative solutions through my 4Cs of  Coordination, Cooperation, Commitment and Care to restore and revitalize the PIFS to be more relevant, resilient and responsive to  Pacific regionalism and the Post-COVID priorities, and 2050 Strategy of the Pacific Blue Continent.

Values

Diversity and heritage of the Pacific

Good governance, democracy, human rights, gender equality, justice, peace, inclusion, accountability

These values are central to all cultures, traditions and religious beliefs

“To eliminate and stop the spread of COVID-19 and its impacts, means not reverting to business as usual.  It is instead an opportunity to get it right, so that no one is left behind and that we could be in the same boat and we all come through this storm together. Let us build back differently, and better to reinforce the links between climate actions and sustainable development, adaptation responses with goals of environmental conservation, economic development and societal wellbeing of all peoples of the Pacific.” Amelia Kinahoi Siamomua, July 2020

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