Preparation for the cyclone season part of Australia-Samoa high Level Consultations

The Australian High Commissioner Ms. Sue Langford and Australian officials with the Samoan CEOs of Foreign Affairs and Finance and other ministries involved in the consultation

APIA, SAMOA: WEDNESDAY: 21 OCTOBER 2015: The annual high level talks between Samoa and Australia this week covered a wide range of issues important to both Samoa and Australia, including the expansion of Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme, aid for trade development and preparation for the upcoming cyclone season.

Australia is Samoa’s largest aid development partner and a key focus of the meeting was Australia’s development program to Samoa (an estimated $36.8 million AUD a year) and how to ensure that aid funds are being most effectively and efficiently used to improve the quality of life of all Samoans.

The senior Australian and Samoan officials also recognised the importance of the coordination of all Australian development assistance from all sources and delivery modalities.

Australia confirmed that its aid program to Samoa will focus on three key areas: enabling economic growth, progressing health and education outcomes and strengthening governance. Gender equality, inclusion of people with disability and climate change resilience continue to be important cross cutting priorities across the program.

Samoa and Australia agreed to work together with other development partners to foster an active private sector in order to create sustainable economic growth, employment and higher incomes.