Tua'imáló Asamu Ah Sam was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in April 2003. He was previously the Director of Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), which was the former name of the Ministry prior to the realignment of the Government departments. The name change of the Ministry and reappointment of Mr Ah Sam in 2003 was inevitable, given the merge of the Savali (Government newspaper) and broadcasting policy functions with the MPT.
In his current capacity as Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ah Sam is responsible to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology for the following functions:
- Review and update Communications Sector Policy;
- Development and review of a National Broadcasting Policy;
- Monitor the implementation of Government policy in the Sector;
- Monitor the provision of postal, telecommunications, broadcasting and ICT services;
- Provision of advice with regards the grant and operation of licences of postal, telecommunications and broadcasting services;
- Assisting the development of human resources capacity in the communications sector;
- Fostering positive relations with international bodies of which Samoa is a member, such as International Telecommunications Union, Universal Postal Union, Asia-Pacific Telecommunity, Pacific Island Telecommunications Union and other relevant donor organisations;
Further to the above responsibilities, the CEO chairs one steering committee;
- The Telecommunications and Postal Sector Reform Project (World Bank) - this project's life span is 5 years and aims at reforming the postal and telecommunications sector through introducing significant changes in the policy, legal and regulatory frameworks as well as opening up competition in the provision of digital cellular mobile services.
Tua'imalo is a member of the National ICT Committee, appointed by cabinet in 2002 to develop a National ICT Policy.