Samoa and Japan sign Contract for Social and Economic Developments for Samoa


Ambassador of Japan to Samoa, Tuimaugaoalii Kazumasa Shibuta after today’s signing ceremony

APIA, SAMOA: FRIDAY 29 APRIL 2016: The Government of Japan has extended a grant opportunity to the Government of the Independent State of Samoa for further cooperation on the implementations of Economic and Social developments across Samoa.

A grant contract of $200,000,000 Japanese yen equivalent to $1,900,000 US dollars was signed today between both Governments at the office of the Prime Minister in Apia.

The contract was signed by Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Fatialofa Sailele Malielegaoi and his Excellency Tuimaugaoalii Kazumasa Shibuta, Ambassador of Japan to Samoa.

The grant will be used exclusively for the purchase of products and/or services necessary for the implementation of its above developments.

Products and/or services to be purchased by this grant have enumerated in a list requested by various Samoan Government Ministries and Corporations which have been mutually agreed upon by the appropriate authorities of both governments.

Eligible products for the said grant are mostly equipment that will enhance services to the public. For instance, dental machinery is listed as a priority for the Health sector.  Others, including fire vehicles, are listed also for the Fire authority to ensure its high speed of rescue performances such as the recent fire at one of the fuel tanks in Matautu wharf.

Training and other necessary services for operation of maintenance of equipment would be covered as well.

The source country shall be the country of Japan.

This cooperation agreement is supported by Japanese Supplementary Budget and extended by the Government of Japan to friendly countries like the Government of Samoa by virtue of its relevant laws and regulations and budgetary appropriations.

Japan has been working in partnership with the Samoan Government since 1977, to further develop such socio-economic projects in Samoa.

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