Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi met with the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Zheng Zeguang during his two day visit to consider ways by which the bilateral relations between the two countries could be strengthened.
There was also discussion of the current status of China’s aid programme to Samoa with a focus on the priority initiatives such as the Police academy, person to person exchanges for capacity building and maritime transport initiatives in connection with the One Belt One Road initiative of China.
The discussions concluded with the signing of the Technical Cooperation project for the Aquatic Centre and the Apia Park Sports complex (see story).
The project involves the dispatch of a team of four Chinese experts for three years to provide technical support and maintenance of operation of the facilities and equipment at the Apia Park sports complex and aquatic centre as well as providing technical training for relevant local personnel.
The technical cooperation programme has an estimated cost of Yuan 7.95 million. The assistance is timely and will support Samoa’s bid to host the Pacific Games in 2019