Tupa’imatunaalofiotaoa Murray McCully’s discussions with Tuilaepa and the Samoan Government covered a range of matters including renewable energy, New Zealand’s support to Samoa’s tourism sector and New Zealand’s Pacific Sporting Partnerships Programme.
“New Zealand and Samoa have a special relationship, anchored by the Treaty of Friendship and underpinned by our strong economic, political and cultural links,” Said McCully.
The visit also provided the opportunity to participate in the ground breaking for the Fuluasou Hydropower plant, which New Zealand helped fund along with the ADB, the EU and the Government of Samoa.
While in Samoa Minister McCully also met with private sector representatives about economic development opportunities.
Photo: TOURISM DEVELOPMENT: L-R: Papali’i Sonja Hunter, CEO of the Samoa Tourism Authority, Fetoloai Yandall Alama, ACEO for PUMA, Hon. Tupa’imatunaalofiotaoa Murray McCully, NZ Minister of Foreign Affairs, Suluimalo Amataga Penaia, CEO of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environement, and H.E David Nicholson, NZ High Commissioner to Samoa.
(Source: Samoa Tourism Authority [STA] Weekly Circular 03 April 2017)