Japan donates 20 buses to assist with SIDS conference

20 buses lining up on the wharf

By Tulifau Auvaa

APIA: THURSDAY 17 JULY 2014: The Government of Japan handed over 20 Mitsubishi Fuso buses to the Samoan Government yesterday to in the upcoming Small Islands Development States (SIDS) conference.

Japan’s Ambassador to Samoa, His Excellency Kazumasa Shibuta handed over the buses to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.

“The buses will be used for transportation of SIDS delegations during the conference and after,” said the Ambassador.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Ambassador Kazumasa Shibuta

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Ambassador Kazumasa Shibuta at the handing over of 20 buses.

“A total of 100 million Japanese yen or approximately one million US dollars was provided under Japan Non- Project Grant Assistance Scheme signed by the former Finance Minister last December.

“The government of Japan will continue to support the Independent State of Samoa when needed to ensure a successful and fruitful Conference,” said the Ambassador.

Tuilaepa said the gift is a testament to the warm and friendly relations between Samoa and Japan nurtured over 40 years ago.

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between the two countries which coincided with official opening of Japan’s Embassy here in Samoa.

Tuilaepa acknowledged the donation on behalf of the people Samoa and Cabinet Ministers were the first to test out the buses on a short tour around the wharf area.

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