Members of Parliament and officials of the Legislative Assembly are set to enjoy new laptops and other valuable equipment thanks to the Chinese government.
The gesture will no doubt continue to grow the relationship between China and Samoa.
Yesterday, the Chinese Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng, visited the Ofice of the Clerk of Legislative Assembly at the temporary Parliament precincts at Tuanaimato.
The purpose of the visit was to deliver on a promise made by a Chinese delegation led by Zhang Baowen, when they visited Parliament last year in December.
The donation included office equipment including 50 new sets of laptops, printers and photocopiers amounting to $500,00 RMB Yuan which is equivalent to $WST178,580.
“We are happy to present these office equipment to help with the work of the people here at the Parliament of Samoa,” said Mr. Xuefeng.
“Last year in September, a Chinese delegation visited Samoa and paid this office a visit. The head of the delegation had a meeting with the Speaker of the House, and they had an agreement to deliver and donate office equipment.
“And today, we are here to deliver that promise.”
The Speaker of the Houser, Le’aupepeToleafoaFa’afisi spoke on behalf of the Parliament of Samoa to thank the Ambassador and the Chinese government for their generosity.
“I would like to extend to you our appreciation and word of thanks for these very expensive materials that you have donated to us.
“This is not the first time you’ve donated to us. We are grateful for your ongoing support not only for the Parliament but for all the other areas in Samoa as well.
“Thank you very much.”
He went on to say that the office equipment would help improve the work not only for the staff at the O.C.L.A, but also for the Members of Parliaments in Samoa.