Japan Funds Port Modernization Project In Samoa

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$30 million to enhance safety of Apia Port at Matautu-tai

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, June 22, 2015) – A US$30 million project for the Enhancement of Safety of the Apia Port was signed today between the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Malielegaoi and the Ambassador of Japan to Samoa His Excellency, Kazumasa Shibuta at the TATTE Building.

The Notes lay out the conditions for a Japan funded project titled, "The Project for the Enhancement of Safety" of the main Apia Port at Matautu-tai.

The Apia Port is the most important social and economic infrastructure in the country because approximately 97 percent of the foreign trade cargoes of the country are handled at the port.

The project will see major reconstruction on the port to improve safety and enhance the capacity of the wharf.

It will be implemented in conformity with the Strategy of Development of Samoa that lists "boosting productivity for sustainable development" as a priority.

The Japanese Government extended a grant of up to three billion four hundred seventy million Japanese Yen (3,477,000,000 Yen) or approximately US$30 million to fund the project.

The present condition of the port makes it susceptible to a range of problems such as low level safety for ships mooring to the berth. This creates a high risk of ship body damage when berthing.

In addition, a lack of calmness in the port basin because of swell waves entering the port, especially during wet season, decrease the productivity for cargo loading and unloading operation due to ship movements.

The project will maintain the safety of port users through the improvement of the safety for ships to/from Apia Port by the rehabilitation and improvement of the wharf and ancillary facilities.

Ambassador of Japan to Samoa said this project would not only improve wharf conditions but also have a positive impact on Samoa’s foreign trade.

"This project will have a positive impact on economic development in Samoa through the improvement of international transport trade links between Samoa and the rest of the world."

He said Japan was committed to assisting Samoa to achieve its development goals in all areas from improving its economy to education and health development.

The project would also strengthen the existing mutual relations between Japan and Samoa.

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