Australia’s Pacific Minister congratulates Samoa
Australia’s Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and Pacific.
Source: M.P.M.C. Press Secretary
APIA, SAMOA – WEDNESDAY 02 AUGUST 2017: “Samoan citizens and residents of all walks of life have made a remarkable contribution to our nation,” says Australia’s Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and Pacific.
She was speaking on behalf of the Australian Government in congratulating the Government of Samoa on the completion of Samoa High Commission’s complex in Yarralumla, Canberra.
Describing the complex as “an impressive building adding to the colorful panaorama of embassies in Yarralumla, the centre of the diplomatic community,” Senator Fierravanti-Wells also complimented the close partnership between Samoa and Australia, and the leadership Samoa has continued to demonstrate in its affairs and especially in the region.
Continued the Senator, “It is a High Commission of which Samoa can be proud. This building is a symbol.
“It is a symbol of the close partnership between the governments and peoples of Samoa and Australia.
“Of course, we are more than partners, we are friends.”
She reflected on the investment by Australia in the country, contributing to its economic development goals.
“Our strong community ties form the bedrock for cooperation by our governments,” added the Minister.
“Parliamentary links between Australia and Samoa are thriving.
“These links are bipartisan.”
She noted that under Australia’s Cyclone Evan Recovery Program, Australia was glad to be able to support Samoa to rebuild, and build back better, five schools and five district hospitals damaged by the Cyclone Evans
And in return, she confesses that her country “will never forget the generosity of Samoans who donated $100,000 to the Australian flood appeal in early 2011.”
As for labour mobility, Senator Fierravanti-Wells compliments Samoa’s contribution in their Seasonal Workers Program.
“Samoans in Australia have also helped to make Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme such a success,” elaborated the Minister.
“The Programme, which started in 2012, has provided Pacific island workers the opportunity to live and work in Australia.
“It also enables Australian employers to access short-term labor in rural and regional areas to meet their seasonal harvest needs.
“As at 30 June this year, 808 Samoans have participated in the Programme.”
Today, Australia has more than 55,000 citizens or residents of Samoan descent.