French Polynesia President, Tagaloa Edouard Fritch, is back in the country to attend Samoa’s 54th Independence Celebrations.
At the airport to welcome Tagaloa was the Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, Faaolesa Katopau Ainu’u.
The French Polynesia President who was recently in Samoa for the official launch of the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel expressed his aspirations to work closely with Polynesian countries in the Pacific like Samoa by taking the lead to engage the islands in joint regional beneficial projects.
“As the host country for the Polynesian Leaders Group meeting in July, I am prepared to table several regional projects that will benefit Polynesian countries such as Tahiti, Niue and Samoa,” said Tagaloa.
“Of particular interest are flight connections among the islands which have been screaming for attention.
“It needs to be improved because it represents connecting Polynesian countries with large metropolitan centers that will increase tourism volumes and trading capacities.
“Senior government officials from Paris will also be attending the event in July and that will be the right opportunity for Paris to listen, learn and understand the Polynesians wishes.”
Minister Faaolesa welcomed the idea.
“Air services are vital for Polynesian countries and this is an excellent opportunity to showcase what we have to offer.
“Improving international air services is one of our government’s ultimate goals to achieve better, more reliable and cheaper airfares for our people and to attract more tourists to visit our islands.
“Any partnership is welcomed by government because it will provide the much-needed tourism resolve that our country needs.”
Tagaloa along with Governor of American Samoa, Lolo Moliga and the Titular Head of Tokelau, Aliki Faipule Afega Gaualofa are the three VIP guests attending this year’s Independence Celebrations.