NZ and Samoa Sign $15 Million Climate Finance Partnership

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Source: Samoa Ministry of Finance.

He wake eke noa. O le fogava’a e tasi. We are all in the waka together. We are all the same family.

That is the sentiment shared by Samoa and New Zealand as the Honorable Minister of Finance, Lautimuia Uelese Vaai and His Excellency Dr. Trevor Matheson signed the NZ $15 million dollar grant for the Samoa Climate Finance Partnership Arrangement on Friday 15 December 2023 in Apia.

“The purpose of the partnership arrangement is to pursue a long term, collaborative and principle-based partnership to assist Samoa to address challenges from extreme weather events,” reads a joint statement.

The partnership also aims to tackle fundamental issues of security, culture and well-being from the long-term impacts of climate change.

The arrangement outlines how the climate finance assistance would support the Government of Samoa to deliver it’s priorities and actions, and build a more resilient Samoa.

Minister Lautimuia acknowledged with appreciation the continuous partnership and assistance from Aotearoa New Zealand supporting Samoa’s priorities in combating climate change impacts.

This support reaffirmed the commitment made by the former Prime Minister Ardern during her visit to Apia in August 2022, further solidifying and celebrating the long standing friendship between Samoa and New Zealand.

Minister Lautimiuia also conveyed heartfelt appreciation and acknowledgement of His Excellency Dr Matheson’s assistance and contribution to Samoa during his tenor as High Commissioner for New Zealand.

Dr Matheson’s term has included the back to back crises of the measles epidemic and Covid19 pandemic, and Samoa’s recovery efforts post border lockdowns, and now preparations for hosting CHOGM in 2024.

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