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Apia Outcome Inter-Regional Meeting for the Mid-Term Review of the SAMOA Pathway Apia, Samoa

We, the Representatives of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), including Associate Members of the Regional Commissions, having met in Apia, Samoa, from 30 October to 1 November 2018 in preparation for the Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the SAMOA Pathway to be held in New York in September 2019, as mandated by the UNGA Resolutions […]

Samoa Pathway Mid-Term review ends on a high note

(GOVT. PRESS SECRETARIAT); In closing the SIDS Samoa Pathway Mid-Term Review in Apia, Madame Chairman and Samoa’s Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Peseta Noumea Simi urged the SIDS family that the struggle for international recognition is far from over. “We should guard against our purposely-tailored development pathway from being buried, side-lined […]

Samoa ships first bananas to NZ in 50 years

Five hundred cartons of bananas set sail for New Zealand from Samoa just yesterday (17 October), which the industry hopes will pave the way for further commercial volumes. The first commercial trial shipment will spend five days in transit before clearing New Zealand customs and landing in the hands of distributor, Fresh Direct. Samoa Observer […]

Visiting students learn about food systems in Samoa

A group of Geography undergraduate students from from the University of New South Wales, Australia, is in Samoa. They visited the Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O.) Subregional office while on a study tour to learn about food systems and the role of FAO in Samoa. Assistant F.A.O. Representative, Fata Philip Tuivavalagi, welcomed the students and […]


Samoan officials participated in the Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting in Honiara, Solomon Islands, last week. Labour mobility, where Pacific workers travel to Australia and New Zealand to fill critical labour shortages, is transforming both sending and receiving countries. The Samoan delegation, Lemalu Nele Leilua, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour and Hermine Raeli-McCarthy, Ministry […]


Last week the Australian National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) delivered the inaugural Major Incident and Medical Management Support (MIMMS) course at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital in Moto’otua, Samoa. The NCCTRC is a key element of the Australian Government’s disaster and emergency medical response to incidents of local, national and international significance. […]

U.S. Embassy – Apia supports local NGO’s and Individuals

The U.S. Embassy today honored 11 Samoan organizations and 10 individuals at a Grantee Ceremony at the U.S. Embassy Residence Vailima. These organizations received funding from the U.S. Embassy Apia’s 2018 Public Diplomacy Grants program as well as other funding support.  The individuals will or have participated in United States Exchange Programs, such as the International Visitor […]

Samoa sets Pacific Games accommodation legacy

(GOVT. PRESS SECRETARIAT); Samoa is setting a legacy when it comes to accommodation for athletes and officials who will be attending the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia. For the first time in the 55 year old history of the Games, athletes and officials will not be staying in a Games Village instead accommodation will be […]

Samoa on track to host the 2019 Pacific Games

(GOVT. PRESS SECRETARIAT); The Pacific Games Council has nothing but praises for government and the people of Samoa for their support behind the country’s preparations for the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia next July. At the end of a follow up visit to check on Samoa’s preparation progress, Pacific Games Council Chief Executive Andrew Minogue […]

Prime Minister Tuilaepa welcomes new Manu Samoa coach

(PRESS SECRETARIAT); Today in a brief meeting, Prime Minister Tuilaepa and Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union (SRU) welcomed Manu Samoa’s new Head Coach Steve Jackson in to his new role.   Prime Minister Tuilaepa congratulated Coach Jackson on his appointment and reassured him of his support, as well as the support of the SRU board […]