The Government has received a much-needed financial injection worth $6.72million from the Government of Japan.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Ambassador of Japan to Samoa, Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki, signed the exchange of notes for the grant aid yesterday.
The grant from the Japanese government, valued at three hundred million Japanese Yen (US$2.8m), is aimed to contribute to the promotion of the economic and social development of Samoa.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa expressed his gratitude to the government and people of Japan.
“I understand that the grant will be used to purchase a range of heavy duty printing machinery for Samoa’s Education sector which will replace the old printing machinery which was funded through previous grant assistance from the Government of Japan in 2001,” he said.
“The heavy duty printers will allow for the mass production of materials which will improve efficiency and accessibility to curriculum and teaching resources, and examination and reading materials.”
The Prime Minister added that Samoa and Japan have signed a number of grant aid agreements over the past years to assist in various sectors including education, water and sanitation, environment, infrastructure and health.
“I understand that under the same Japanese Economic and Social Programme, USD$1.8million has recently been approved for Medical equipment and is to be formalized at the PALM8 Summit in Tokyo this year,” he said.
“The Government of Samoa has benefited significantly through the Japanese development cooperation programmes and we look forward to a continued partnership in order to advance our national development aspirations.
“Thank you Ambassador, and I look forward to continuing the close relations we share with the Government and People of Japan.”
According to a statement from Japan, the grant should contribute to “achieving improved training and quality education set under the framework of Strategy for the Development of Samoa (SDS) 2017-2020.”
“Furthermore, the contribution will assist in solving Samoa’s development challenges in the Education sector, through improvements of the standard and quality of services of printing materials.
“The machinery will allow for mass production of materials and enhance the affordability and accessibility by students and teachers of curriculum materials, national examinations as well as reading materials. The Government of Japan welcomes further opportunities to work in partnership with the Government of the Independent State of Samoa, with a view to advancing sustainable development agenda.”