P.M. pleased with outcome of N.Z. visit

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has expressed satisfaction at the outcome of bi-lateral talks between his Government and New Zealand.

He is especially happy with a new Partnership Agreement signed at the end of the talks.

Speaking to Radio Samoa, he said the talks covered a range of issues, which included revisiting the 1962 Treaty of Friendship between the two countries.

Among the issues on the negotiating table were; education, health, tourism, Apia Waterfront Project, New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employees Program.

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On education, the Prime Minister Tuilaepa said Samoa’s request included a change of policies to criteria’s in the selection of local students eligible for New Zealand funded scholarships.

It also covered grant funding from Wellington for Samoa’s Education Sector. 

Tuilaepa said Vaovasamanaia on behalf of his government is receptive to Samoa’s request for reconsideration of some of policies and regulations governing New Zealand’s Funding for Samoa’s Education Sector.

Overall, says the Prime Minister the exchange has accomplished its goals and he looks forward to beneficial outcome for the country.

Tuilaepa at the invitation of the New Zealand Government attended the Waitangi Day festivities in Wellington. 

It’s the first time that Samoa has been invited to participate.

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