In November, the Samoa Ombudsman’s Office hosted special guests, a delegation from the Tonga Ombudsman Office led by its Chief Executive Officer, Linda Folaumoetu’i. The one week attachment was supported and funded under the Flexible Funding Program administered by the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman.
Upon arrival, the CEO stated “We are very pleased with the opportunity to be able to come over to Samoa to make connections and further our relationship with the Ombudsman Office here and share ways we can learn and strengthen each other’s work and responsibilities to our citizens.”.
The Samoa Ombudsman’s Office was selected for the activity based on their current mandate that includes human rights and independent complaint mechanism against Police.
This was the Tonga Ombudsman staff’s first official visit to Samoa since the Office was formally constituted in December 2001 as the Ombudsman Office of Tonga which was formerly known as Office of Public Relations Tonga.