Senior Govt. Officer wins top award to study in Japan

A Senior Officer at the Lands Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is heading to Japan.

Amuimuia Elisapeta Roreta Areta has been awarded the Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-L.E.A.D.S) 2018 scholarship, Japan International Cooperation Agency (J.I.C.A.) announced.

She will use the opportunity to study for her Master’s Degree in Environmental Management. She leaves this month. This is the 3rd batch of the programme.

The scholarship programme is fully funded by J.I.C.A. and is implemented as part of the Official Development Assistance (O.D.A.) of the Government of Japan based on bilateral agreement between Samoa and Japan Governments. 

In this programme, participants from the Pacific Region will be accepted in any of the master’s courses at Japanese Universities of their choice.    

Pacific-L.E.A.D.S. programme aims to foster young leaders who play vital roles towards the resolution of development challenges in Pacific Islands Countries, as well as to further strengthen the relationships between their countries and Japan.

Ms Areta is a Senior Government Land Lease Officer at the Land Management Division, M.N.R.E.. Prior to that, she was a Land Development Officer/Senior Lease Officer for Samoa Land Corporation (SLC). 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Land Use Planning/Real Estate from the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. 

Ms Areta is scheduled to depart Samoa for Japan this week to study for a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management at the University of Kitakyushu.

 She is looking forward to the learning experience as “this will add considerable value to both my personal and professional capacity so I can effectively contribute to the social and economic development of Samoa”, she said.

J.I.C.A. Resident Representative Toshiaki Tanaka congratulated and wishes Ms. Areta all the best with her studies “Give all the study tasks your hard work and push your limits, and always committed to your dreams”.  



In May 2015, the Japanese government hosted the 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7), where the Leaders of Japan and Pacific Islands Counties agreed to enhance cooperation with a central focus on the following areas: (1) disaster risk reduction; (2) climate change; (3) the environment; (4) people-to-people exchanges; (5) sustainable development (including human resource development); (6) oceans, maritime issues, and fisheries; and (7) trade, investment, and tourism.

With regard to sustainable development, Japanese Prime Minister Abe announced the launch of a new program entitled the Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-LEADS) in recognition of the importance of fostering upcoming generations, who will play a key role in creating the future of these countries.

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