ABOUT THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOUR
O le Matagaluega o Pisinisi, Alamanuia & Leipa
The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL) came into existence in May 2003, through passage into law of the Ministerial and Departmental Arrangement Act 2003. The identity of MCIL is now well established, and has evolved into a better and more efficient public service provider as a result.
The launch of its website in early 2008 announced its move to encompass the digital age and coincides with strategies in its new Corporate Plan.
The Ministry is responsible for, and focal point to, a wide number of sectors. As a result, its CEO is a key advisor in government's integrated approach to effectively manage/implement development projects. He is expected to attend and provide MCIL stance and advice to 36 Statutory board meetings in 2008. A few of these include: Development Bank Board, NUS Council, EPC Board, Revenue Board, ACC Board, Samoa Tourism Board, Apprenticeship Council, Prices Board.
Delivery of its wide-ranging responsibilities which are governed by 39 legislations is performed by six core divisions:
1. Apprenticeship, Employement & Labour Market Division (AELM)
2. Corporate & Strategic Services Division (CSSD)
3. Fair Trading & Codex Development Division (FTCD)
4. Industry Development & Investment Promotion Division (IDIPD)
5. Industrial Relations, Occupational Safety & Health and Work Permits Division (IROSH&WP)
6. Registration of Companies & Intellectual Property Division (RCIP)
7. Trade, Commerce and Manufacturing (TCM)
THE ROLE OF THE MINISTRY
Under Samoa’s Strategy for the Development of Samoa 2012 -2016,this Ministry takes the lead in Government Priority Area 1: Key Outcome 5: enabling environment for Business Development. This will require the Ministry to focus on how well it delivers its objectives in collaboration with its various partners. Public Private Sector partnership (PPP) will be very critical for boosting productivity for sustainable development. The Ministry’s corporate plan therefore absorbs and operationalises what Government aspires in its SDD 2012-2016, but also the sector as outlined in the Trade, Commerce and Manufacturing Sector 2012-2016. (TCM Volume 1 and TCM Volume 2)
OUR VISION there is to:
“To support Governments vision to lead and excel in the provision of quality service to foster economic growth for all”
AND OUR MISSION
“To provide an enabling legal environment for the development of the private sector to stimulate investment, industry development to boost productivity, fair trade competition, create full employment of local workforce and highly qualified trades people, generate more work opportunities encompassing temporary movement of natural persons, improve safe work environment, increase innovation and integrity in Samoa”.