The Government of Japan has stepped in to provide grant assistance through its Economic and Social Development Programme (ESDP) that will enable the procurement of much needed negative pressure isolation units to assist Samoa’s preparatory and response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A joint press statement from the governments of Japan and Samoa confirms grant assistance to the amount of 200,000,000 Yen or $4,665,000 tala will go toward funding container-based single patient negative pressure isolation units, equipped with ventilators, monitors and other furnishings required for Covid-19 isolated patients.
An Exchange of Notes between the two Governments was signed this week between Samoa Prime and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Hon. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and H.E. Mr. TERASAWA Genichi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa.
Japan continues to provide significant contributions to Samoa’s health sector and have once again stepped up to Samoa’s Health Sector response to combating the COVID-19 pandemic which has claimed over 2.7 million lives to date. As a development partner, the government of Japan work extensively in the areas of socio-economic development in Samoa.
As noted in the press release, “The signing of the Exchange of Notes illustrates the continued friendship and warm relations between Samoa and Japan, with the intention that the development cooperation based on mutual respect and benefits will continue to be enhanced and further deepened”.