Australia will provide an estimated total of A$37.8 million (T $72.7 million) to support economic growth and development in Samoa over the 2016-17 financial year through bilateral, regional and global development programs.
Some $45.4 million of this funding relates to bilateral programmes.
A further $27.3 million will be provided through regional programs including the Australia Pacific Technical College and other Australian Government Agencies such as the Australian Federal Police under the Samoa Australia Police Partnership.
The new budget was announced on Tuesday night by the Australian Government and Australian High Commissioner to Samoa, Sue Langford said her country was proud to continue supporting Samoa’s development needs.
“Australia’s development assistance for 2016-17 will focus on enabling economic growth, progressing health and education outcomes and strengthening governance and private sector led growth.”
Australia’s aid program will promote innovative approaches and support Samoa’s efforts to build climate resilience. Support for gender equality and promoting opportunities for people with disability remain high priorities for Australia’s aid to Samoa.
Australia is committed to working in partnership with the Government and people of Samoa to improve the quality of life for all Samoans.