Hon Fiame Naomi Mata’afa

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (Samoa)

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Hon Fiame has been a Cabinet Minister since 1991 and has held the Justice and Courts Administration, Censorship; Education, Youth, Sports and Culture; Labour; Women, Community and Social Development portfolios. Following the March 2016 national elections, she was selected as the country’s first woman Deputy Prime Minister, and is also the new Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. Hon Fiame is the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the University of the South Pacific (USP) and is also the Pacific Regional representative on the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Steering Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentarians’ Association.  Hon Fiame is an advocate of women’s development especially in the area of women in politics. She maintains strong ties with the Samoa National Council of Women (NCW) and the Inailau Women’s Leadership Network, both of which she has been a longstanding member.