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Japan announces $4.6 million grant for Samoa, honors PM Tuilaepa with Grand Order award
8:02 pm GMT+12, 20/05/2018, Japan

-Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the intention of the Government of Japan to provide a grant aid of approximately 200 million yen ($4.6 Samoan tala) for the provision of medical equipment, adding that the Government would continue to support the self-sustaining and sustainable development of Samoa.
 
Prime Minister Tuilaepa thanked Prime Minister Abe for the Japanese assistance provided to the critical sectors of Samoa over many years. In addition, the leaders agreed to strengthen sports and people-to-people exchanges.
 
Prime Minister Abe hoped to work with Prime Minister Tuilaepa for the implementation of Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.
 
Prime Minister Tuilaepa expressed recognition regarding the importance of the partnerships under this strategy. Furthermore, the leaders shared the view that they would work together to address the regional situation, including North Korea, and enhance their cooperation in the international arena.
 
Meanwhile, following the PALM 8 Summit Meeting, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe conferred the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun to Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, expressing appreciation and respect towards the achievements of Prime Minister Tuilaepa who has long contributed to strengthening the relationship between Japan and Samoa, as well as between Japan and the Pacific Island countries overall.

SOURCE: SAMOA GOVT/PACNEWS


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