The biggest private employer in Samoa, Yazaki Samoa Eds, celebrated its 25th anniversary yesterday.
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and senior Cabinet Ministers joined special guests during the celebration at Vaitele.
“I congratulate Yazaki for the courage in bringing out your Corporation and establishing it here in Samoa, ” Tuilaepa said.
“I am hoping that the positive aspects shall continue to be the important factor that will determine your decision for the future of Yazaki Samoa…thank you for staying with us this 25 years.”
Tuilaepa said Yazaki Samoa is well known around the world producing top quality products, something he is proud of as a leader.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa also paid tribute to local officials who played a pivotal role in getting Yazaki established in Samoa. Among them are Fe’esago George Fepulea’i, Afoa Kolone Vaai and Tuala Farani Chan Tung.
“Fe’esago was always a vigilant in terms of businesses to attract to Samoa,” he said.
“He informed me through telecast at the time that Yazaki was leaving Australia and New Zealand because they could not afford it there.
“He was encouraging the management in Australia to come and visit Samoa hoping that they might change the venue and choose Samoa instead,
“We (Cabinet) did move very fast and it was the fastest decision that we have ever made in Cabinet.”
Representative of Toyota Motor Corporation Australia, Roy Borg, congratulated Yazaki.
“Make sure that you will continue to follow great standards with procedures, internal process, controls and part inspections standards,” he said.
“Your performance results and positive mindsets give me every confidence that you will continue to improve. Congratulations!”
Yazaki was established in 1991.