Districts launch development plans
The plans for 13 districts in Samoa were launched recently during the National Beautification awards prize-giving at Tooa Salamasina Hall.
According to the Minister of Women Community and Social Development (MWCSD), Faimalotoa Iemaima Kika Stowers-Ah Kau, the plans will contain each district’s development framework which will promote the betterment of all citizens.
“These plans include education, health, economic development of families, combatting climate change, and ending violence against women and children within villages and families.”
“These are the 13 districts that have launched today their plans: Vaimauga Sasae, Aleipata Itupa i Lalo, Aleipata Itupa i Luga, Aiga i le Tai, Safata Sisifo, Gagaifomauga 1, Faasleleaga 4, Vaisigano 2, Gagaemauga 2, Vaisigano 1, Alataua i Sisifo, Gagaemauga 3, Gagaifomauga 2,” she added.
Faimalotoa said 13 district plans have been launched with the rest to be finalized and launched early next year.
“We have gathered here this morning to celebrate the end of another year’s work. It has been a great year for some of you, who have successfully achieved some key milestones, as we are about to witness this morning.”
“You have all been working so hard to respond to the different demands you have faced throughout the year. I commend the effort and drive of some of the village representatives in supporting of the district development planning program.”
“Preparing the district plans for districts is one of the roles of our Ministry, with the support of other government ministries together with development partners,” she said.
She also added that the Government leads this initiative through MWCSD, but they are only able to successfully complete this with everyone’s support and cooperation.
“We have covered 26 constituencies so far and two have taken the lead in officially launching their district plans, and these are Lefaga and Faleaseela and Vaimauga i Sisifo No. 1,” she added.
According to CEO of MWCSD, Afamasaga Faauiga Palepua Mulitalo, after the plans are launched, districts will then use them to seek assistance in order to meet their needs.
“And the Ministry will also help out in facilitating assistance to respond to the priorities of the districts that will be in the plan.”
“There has been sponsorship from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the United Nations Development Programme in Samoa has indicated its interest in supporting this programme.”