Statement by His Highness Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II Head of State of the Independent State of Samoa
On the Occasion of the Presentation of Credentials of:
H.E. Mr. Sujiro Seam Ambassador-designate of the European Union to the Independent State of Samoa; 12th December 2019.
It is my pleasure to accept the Letter of Credence, accrediting you as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to the Independent State of Samoa and Head of the EU Delegation for the Pacific. I also accept the Letter of Recall of your predecessor.
Firstly, I wish to acknowledge the kind and ready assistance of the EU through operations of the World Health Organization and Norwegian Emergency Medical Team that are working around the clock with our Health officials to contain and deal with the fatal impacts of the measles epidemic and ensuring that everyone receive their vaccinations.
Over the years, Samoa has continued to play an active role in negotiating the future framework for partnership between the European Union and the countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) for the upcoming post-Cotonou agreement. During the ACP Council of Minister at its 109th Session held in Brussels on May 2019, it was announced that Samoa will be hosting the signing ceremony for the ACP-EU Treaty in 2020.
It has been 44 years since Samoa has enjoyed cooperation with the European Union with the signing of the Lomé Convention in 1975 recognizing the European Union as a key development partner. The European Union has provided immense assistance in key development sectors of our economy with Samoa’s accession to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union in December 2018. In such we look forward to business, economic and trade benefits under the EPA.
Water and sanitation remains as one of Samoa’s priority in basic living needs as it reduces poverty and eliminate health deficiencies. Samoa appreciates the European Union assistance in agriculture, disaster risk reduction, and gender based violence, public finance management, waste management, marine protection and fisheries. These complement our aspirations in achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
Your presence here today, speaks volume of the importance of EU-Samoa relations and I am certain that your time as Ambassador will yield more opportunities in furthering this partnership and strengthen our preparations for the upcoming Post-Cotonou arrangements for 2020.
I hope that you will enjoy the rest of your visit to Samoa.