The new Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Ports Authority (S.P.A), Aiganalaavasa Asofa Fereti, addressed a number of questions from members of the business community on Monday evening.
The opportunity came about during the Samoa Chamber of Commerce’s monthly members meeting at the Tanoa Tusitala Conference Center.
The meeting was made possible with the kind assistance of the F.A.O Office in Samoa.
The Samoa Ports Authority was invited to address the ongoing issues and queries highlighted by the members of the Chamber with regards to inter-agency communication, time-frame to clear containers, plug in and wharfage charges, bio-security and sea container hygiene, allocation of wharf space as well as the ports expansion initiatives.
Aiganalaavasa assured the business community that their focus is on improving service delivery. “S.P.A has taken all these issues on board to help improve their service delivery, emphasizing the need for all implementing agencies pertaining to shipping and cargo services to be more cohesive,” he said.
“The expansion of our ports is also expected to reduce congestion and delays in ports processing that would benefit our local business community.”
Fiasili Lam, Assistant Food Agricultural Organization’s (F.A.O) Representative, highlighted their mission in achieving the sustainable development goals, with emphasis on ‘Achieving Food Security for All’ and the Private sector’s role in achieving food security for all of Samoa.
Mrs. Lam also commended the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a key partner in the implementation of F.A.O’s local projects. Two new members were introduced and they were Pasefika Inn and Small Business Association of Samoan Cultural Arts and Handicrafts.
The Samoa Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc. as the National Private Sector Organisation (NPSO) is funded by the Pacific Leadership Program (PLP).