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What is Good for Apia is also good for Savaii!
"O le mea e lelei i Apia, e lelei foi mo Savaii"

HRPP Samoa News
Jul 19

Cabinet inspects projects

Cabinet inspects projects

The Cabinet Development Committee last week toured a number of government projects underway in the country.

The Committee – or CDC – is chaired by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and comprises all Cabinet minister and government chief executive officers.

“The committee meets every couple of months. It is where new development projects are tabled and notes progress of continuing projects,” said Tuilaepa.

“It also regularly inspects these projects and see first-hand how they are progressing, some difficulties and how it can be addressed and improved. It is also important for those working on these projects, including contractors, that government is always watchful of how they are conducting their work.”

Projects that were inspected last week include,The US$100 million ADB-Australia funded electric power generation plant at Fiaga,

  • The water supply scheme at Tapatapao,
  • The waste management plant at Sogi,
  • Upgrade of Meteorological Equipment and Tsunami Warning System at Mulinu’u
  • The Convent Street road development connecting Matafele to Ifiifi Street,
  • The planned Ministry of Education’s printing Building,
  • Samoa College’s new school buildings, and,
  • Livestock’s sheep farm at Avele.

Another CDC tour is being scheduled this week to inspect other projects.

 

Cabinet inspects projects Cabinet inspects projects
Author: Tupuola Terry Tavita of Savali
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Jul 19

Virgin Samoa takes off

Virgin Samoa takes off

Rebranded Polynesian Blue – now Virgin Samoa – took to the skies on Friday.

Stripped of its dominant airbrush red, the airline’s new sleek look, with Samoan tats to boot, was launched Friday in a ceremony at Faleolo International Airport.

Delivering the keynote address, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi extolled on the many benefits to the economy the joint-venture with Virgin Airlines brought in since it was established in 2006.

“The merger became an instant success after years of Polynesian Airlines’ constant drain on public funds.

“Polynesian Blue – now Virgin Samoa – has recorded successful profits every year. Over US$7 million has been received by government. Tourism growth has jumped from 4 percent to 15 percent, revenues increased from US$83 million to US$113 million and an estimated 2,000 jobs were created as a result of the expansion in the tourism and travel industries. Airfares on average have also dropped by 35 percent.

“I therefore like to thank the management and staff of Virgin Samoa for this continuing success. The merger has been quoted by several financial publications as a successful model for national airlines.” Representing Virgin Airlines was chief executive of Virgin Samoa Mr Mark Pitt.

“Today we take the national airline of Samoa into the future,”

“The new livery will increase the airline’s visibility in the eyes of local Samoans and those living abroad as Samoa’s national flag carrier,” he said.

“Since announcing the new name in December last year, the response from the Samoan people has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Author: Tupuola Terry Tavita of Savali
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Jul 17

$5million to improve seismic monitoring

Environment chief executive Taulealeausumai Laavasa Maluat

A joint Samoa-China project underway will vastly improve the monitoring of seismic activity in the country.

According to Environment chief executive Taulealeausumai Laavasa Malua, the magnitude and devastation of the September, 2009, earthquake and subsequent tsunami has put emphasis on this project.

“There is also an impending threat of volcanic eruptions. The stations will provide satellite transmission and the transfer of monitoring data collected from the permanent seismic stations to Apia at real time.”

Started last year, the project will see the construction of an earthquake data center at Mulinu’u and seismic monitoring stations at Afulilo, Asau and Vaia’ata.

Total cost is estimated at $5 million principally funded by the Chinese government with a contribution from the national budget through the MNRE.

The five-year project is expected to be completed in 2015.

Author: Tupuola Terry Tavita of Savali
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Jul 17

Promise in breadfruit, avocado and cassava

Promise in breadfruit, avocado and cassava

Avocado oil and breadfruit and cassava flour took center stage this morning at the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (SROS) plant at Nafanua.

Delivering the keynote address at the launch, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi challenged the private sector to start investing and commercializing the new products.

“Government has done its part – through SROS – by developing these products. We now need private businesses to come in and commercialize the flour , the oil, the subsequent butter and margarine from local crop staples we’re launching this morning.”

To ensure a regular supply of cassava, breadfruit and avocado, Tuilaepa also put down the challenge to the country to go out and plant these crops.

PM inspecting

“Far too many times we hear politicians and some people complain about the lack of jobs. Well, we now have these products on the market and the onus is now on everyone to go grow the necessary cassava and breadfruit to supply these industries. Samoa is blessed with miles of arable land where these crops can grow like magic beanstalks.”

Said the Prime Minister;

“The launching of these quality food ingredients endorses government’s efforts for a healthier nation, a more productive community as well as ensuring a well educated pool of local research scientists, in research and product development activities. Scientists who are keen in finding quality solutions to enable a better quality of life for our people.”

The inception of SROS some years ago, Tuilaepa said, not only led to leaps in agro-product development but also enabled Samoa to patent the necessary research and product outcome.

“In the early 1970s, Dr Pedrana who worked here in Samoa developed the write formula for canned coconut milk. But government at the time failed to patent his research and formula. Today, the same formula has been replicated by coconut milk companies in China, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines – at a much cheaper price – forcing our local coconut milk producers out of the market.”

“Even their products are now called Pe’epe’e (Samoan for coconut milk.).

The audience this morning were taken on a tour of the SROS flour mill research plant as well as its experimenting avocado oil plant.

Pastries made from breadfruit and cassava flour were also served to the guests.

The judges’ verdict?

Yummy.

Author: Tupuola Terry Tavita of Savali
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