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Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is applauding the Government of Australia’s commitment to continue funding for the next 8 years to sustain the Australia Pacific Technical College, (APTC).
Announced by Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the launching of the APTC Stage 3 rebrand now re-titled as the Australia Pacific Technical Coalition, Canberra will be committing $32 million (US$23.6 million) to continue the APTC regional success story for the next 8 years.
Says Bishop in her announcement;
“The Australian government will commit a further eight years for the life of APTC and we will be investing $32 more million dollars a year to ensure that we continue to produce high quality graduates and qualifications that will drive economic growth here in the Pacific.
“That is our aim.
“To invest in human capital.
“To invest in human resources of the Pacific so that the people here can drive the stability, the security and the prosperity.
“It’s a win-win situation,” complimented Prime Minister Tuilaepa.
He recalled that at the 2007 Pacific Island Forum Leaders meeting the APTC concept was born it was greeted with mixed reactions.
However, today the number of graduates from APTC’s five campuses benefiting the Pacific Island Forum countries reaffirms the wise visions by the Forum Leaders and of course the Australian Government who initiated the regional college institution.
For Samoa, Bishop noted APTC has created new hope and reflected by the many success stories from Samoans who have graduated from APTC.
Elaborated Bishop from the podium;
“The APTC has been a resounding success.
“About 12,000 graduates across the five campuses are testament to that and around 5000 graduates were females.
“With Samoa the latest figures we have is that about 1500 graduates from APTC and at least 700 of those graduates were women, attaining Australian level qualification of international standard and international standee.
“The APTC has been a great success.
“And we have some great examples like Gregory Soa, an APTC graduate from the campus of Samoa in 2014, who undertook carpentry qualifications. Gregory is now running his own business, he has the confidence to start the business, he’s been contracted to work in NZ and particularly in Christchurch to help rebuild that city after the devastating earthquake in 2011.
“Gregory has developed expertise in his career and, that is the kind of expertise that will be useful elsewhere in the Pacific.
“His business currently employs eight people.
“A great success story.”
The Australian Government has since 2007 invested about $300 million (US$221 million) into the APTC.
SOURCE: SAMOA GOVT/PACNEWS
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