Prime Minister Welcomes BSP Financial Group Chairman, Acknowledges BSP’s Contributions to Samoa’s Development

Your presence here is testament to the significance of our shared undertakings and the vital role BSP and each of its customers and partners play in shaping our nation’s progress and future."

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Samoa Prime Minister, Hon Fiame Naomi Mataafa delivered the keynote address at a special Bank South Pacific Customer function held at the Robert Louis Stevenson museum last Thursday 18 April 2024.

Prime Minister Fiame extended a warm welcome to the BSP Financial Group’s Chairman, and reiterated the Government of Samoa’s appreciation for the BSP’s contributions to Samoa’s development.

“It gives me great pleasure as Prime Minister of Samoa, to address this gathering today, and I extend a warm welcome to the Bank South Pacific Financial Group Ltd Chairman, Mr Robert Bradshaw for his first visit to Samoa and your board members, the Group Chief Executive Officer for BSP, Mark Robinson and your executive team.”

BSP Customer Function 18 April 2024. Photos: Leaosa Faaifo Faaifo, Government Press.

“Your presence here is testament to the significance of our shared undertakings and the vital role BSP and each of its customers and partners play in shaping our nation’s progress and future.”

Prime Minister Fiame acknowledged BSP’s offers to support the upcoming CHOGM 2024 Commonwealth Business Forum.

“It is most welcomed and much appreciated, Chairman Bradshaw.”

The Prime Minister said BSP has a strong record of community engagement and support in Samoa, championing causes such as education, environment, youth empowerment, financial literacy, and  support to medium small micro enterprises (MSMEs).

BSP Customer function 18 April 2024. Photos: Leaosa Faaifo Faaifo, Government Press.

“It gives me great joy to see the strong support we have from the Pacific wide business community, as we prepare to welcome the Commonwealth to our region for the first time.”

“The Commonwealth Business Forum celebrates the unique importance of the Commonwealth as an institution that helps boost trade and prosperity..

“It also provides an opportunity for high-level dialogue between businesses and Government leaders from the Commonwealth and beyond to develop stronger partnerships and connections, exchange knowledge, and contribute to impactful discussions on promoting sustainable growth across the world.”

“In the upcoming Commonwealth Business Forum, leaders will discuss global economic, environmental, and security challenges, and focus on ways to enhance resilience, boost trade, innovation, growth, and empower the Commonwealth’s 1.5 billion young people to build a more peaceful and sustainable future.”

The Prime Minister also acknowledged and said she was pleased to hear Chairman Bradshaw speak about BSP’s commitment to the environment and sustainability.

“This topic is dear to my heart and resonates with right now, as we strive to build a more resilient future.”

Fiame reiterated that the challenges facing the environment and sustainability is a journey in which business leaders and the private sector have a key role to play.

The event was well attended by BSP customers, Government Ministers, opposition leader Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Government CEOs and Business Leaders from Upolu and Savaii.

The Prime Minister blessed the Bank South Pacitic event and wished BSP, its customers, partners a joyful evening of celebrating the years achievements.

“Ia agalelei mai le Atua ma faamanuia i le mamalu o le au valaaulia, le Komiti Faatonu faapea le pulega ma le aufaigaluega uma a le tatou Faletupe o le Pasefika i Saute.”

Photos: Leaosa Faaifo Faaifo, Government Press.


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