“Sustainable energy supply towards energy self sufficiency” is the overarching goal behind the Energy Sector plan (ESP), launched by the Ministry of Finance on Thursday.
Launched by the Minister of Finance, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, the event held at the Central Bank of Samoa’s Conference room was attended by stakeholders, donor countries and partners of Samoa.
In his keynote address, Faumuina focused on the vision of the ESP.
“The development of the Samoa Energy Sector Plan is the result of a consultative process with many of the sector's key stakeholders,” he said.
“It integrates the strategic direction taken within the Strategy for the Development of Samoa 2012 - 2016. As a small island nation, Samoa is highly reliant on imports and this leaves it vulnerable to the effects of volatile global prices and economic crises.
“It is in this respect that the Samoa Energy Sector Plan aspires to reduce the importation of fossil fuels as well as ultimately reduce Samoa's levels of greenhouse gas emissions through promoting renewable energy.”
“Given this, the Samoa Energy Sector Plan establishes a vision of “Sustainable Energy” and is guided by the theme of “Sustainable Energy Supply – towards energy self sufficiency”.”
“In pursuit of the achievement of its vision, the sector sets an overall goal for the medium term to “Reduce the rate of growth of the volume of imported fossil fuels by 10% by 2016”.
Faumuina also spoke about the direction Samoa will take to implement the ESP.
“The direction taken within the Energy Sector Plan is realizing the need for Samoa to become Energy Self Sufficient so as not only to reduce reliance on imported fuel but also to reduce the levels of greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.
“In effect, this will also contribute to social and community development through income generation as well as improve environmental sustainability.
“To ensure the successful and timely achievement of all targets for the sector, the Energy Sector Plan also includes a Monitoring and Evaluation framework to efficiently track the progress of each sub-sector objective.”
“The monitoring of these strategies will be vigorously pursued by Government in collaboration with all its key stakeholders, to ensure effective and efficient implementation.”
“The challenge for the next four years is to consolidate the gains that have been made and to make further progress in order to achieve the targets that have been set in the Energy Sector Plan.”
“It is the Government’s hope that the implementation of the strategies presented in the Energy Sector Plan will contribute to the achievement of the national vision.”