Australia’s new High Commissioner to Samoa, His Excellency Mr Will Robinson was received by Deputy Head of State, Afioga Le Mamea Tuiletufuga Ropati Mualia during the presentation of his Credentials to the Government of Samoa.
The High Commissioner acknowledged the strong ties and partnership between Samoa and Australia
E muamua ona ou momoli atu le agaga fa’afetai o tagatanu’u ma le Malo o Ausetalia mo la tatou faiga pa’aga.
May I extend my greetings to the people of Samoa. I acknowledge your connection with your land and sea, and pay my respects to your people, culture and ancestors.
It is an honour and privilege to serve as Australia’s High Commissioner to Samoa.
Australia places great value on our partnership with Samoa. The signing of the Bilateral Partnership Arrangement, Ole Fala Folasia I Lo Ta Va, by Prime Ministers Fiame and Albanese last year formally recognises each other’s integral role in our region, with shared stewardship of the Blue Pacific continent that we each call home.
As Pacific Islands Forum members, our countries are committed to a stable, secure and prosperous Blue Pacific. Nafanua III’s arrival into Samoa last week demonstrates Australia is fulfilling this commitment – we know the Nafanua III will make a real difference in helping Samoa to protect its precious marine resources and curb transnational crime.
Australia remains committed to supporting Samoa’s vision for prosperity, including through a deepening economic partnership. In this spirit, Australia is pleased to have established new locally led partnerships, Tautai and Tautua, to deliver locally led solutions focussed on economic growth and human development.
Our ongoing direct contributions to Samoa’s budget are a signal of Australia’s confidence in Samoa’s national systems. I also look forward to progressing a labour mobility partnership that continues to support Samoa’s impressive economic recovery in a way that works for Samoa.
We remain committed to working with Pacific Island countries and regional partners, to ensure a peaceful, prosperous and resilient Pacific region. Australia is proud to be supporting Samoa’s preparations for hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in October this year, including significant investments to upgrade Samoa’s Emergency Radio Network and the installation of Safer City CCTV throughout Apia, assisting the Police to keep the community safe.
Australia and Samoa have deep cultural, historical, and personal ties. Australians are thrilled by the incredible talent of Samoans like Brian To’o and Stephen Crichton in the NRL. Our people-to-people links also continue to grow through skills training and scholarships in targeted sectors.
As Australia’s High Commissioner to the Independent State of Samoa, I look forward to working with the people and Government of Samoa to reinforce our strong bilateral ties, continue our cooperation on regional and global issues and promote a resilient, healthy and inclusive Samoa.
My family and I are very much looking forward to being a part of your community, learning about your culture and faith and enjoying everything the beautiful islands of Samoa have to offer.
May I conclude by wishing good health and prosperity to the Government and people of Samoa.
Afioga Le Mamea in his responding remarks confirmed that Samoa and Australia‟s relationship is firmly underpinned by friendship, respect and cooperation for mutual benefit and the signing of the „Bilateral Partnership Agreement – O le fala folasia i lo ta va‟ is evident of the close relations and cooperation between our two countries.
Afioga Le Mamea expressed that he is confident that the appointment of H.E Robinson will further strengthen the existing relations between Samoa and Australia.
Mr. William Carter Robinson was the Director, Investment Team, Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific prior to his appointment as High Commissioner of Australia to Samoa. He held various senior positions whilst at DFAT, Canberra. He was an Adviser at the Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs. He served as Counsellor (Public Policy and Health Security) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (2018-2020) and as Second then First Secretary at the Embassy of Australia in Manila, Philippines. (2010-2013).
Mr William Carter Robinson holds a Masters of International Law from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Engineering (Information Technology and Telecommunications) from University of Adelaide, a Bachelor of Arts from University of Adelaide and a Diploma of Languages from the University of Adelaide. H.E William Carter Robinson is married with three sons.
H.E. Mr William Carter Robinson arrived in Samoa on 18th January 2024 as successor to H.E. Ms Emily Luck who completed her diplomatic tour of duty on 10 January 2024.