Samoa

Tourism brings more than $34million into Vanuatu economy annually

Tue 02 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----—Cruise tourism injected AUD$34 million into the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu and brought an estimated further AUD$18 million in indirect economic benefits last year, according to a new study.

PNG seeks more help for smaller island states

Tue 02 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has called on the United Nations to establish a framework to review, monitor and assess the performance of development partners in the delivery of their promises to support the sustainable development of small island developing states.

SIDS challenged to invest in climate services

PACNEWS Editor Makereta Komai in Samoa
Tue 02 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- Leaders of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been challenged to priorities investment in their meteorology and climate services because the end profit saves lives and properties.

Pacific’s Largest Solar Photovoltaic Site Opened in Samoa

Tue 02 Sep 2014 -

The largest solar photovoltaic site in the Pacific was opened at the Faleata Racecourse in Samoa today. The site was opened by the New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully and the Prime Minister of Samoa, the Hon. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr Sailele Malielegaoi. The opening took place on the margins of ...

EU Water Project Provides for Over 1000 Families

Tue 02 Sep 2014 -

The European Union Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs today visited the EU-funded water treatment at Aleisa, south-west of Apia. The treatment plant provides drinking water to 1000 families in the Aleisa community, which is approximately 91 percent of its total population. Commissioner Piebalgs made the visit on the margins of ...

A five year project strengthening Natural Solutions in the Pacific region

Tue 02 Sep 2014 -

Apia, Samoa - A 5-year, €5 million project titled 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption', has been signed on the cusp of the 3rd International Conference of Small Island Developing States.

Pacific Resilience – Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP)

Tue 02 Sep 2014 -

This afternoon, the work of the Pacific in integrating climate change and disaster risk management was showcased at the SIDS side event, Building Pacific Resilience – the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP) held in Samoa. The Government of Tonga lead the event with support ...

IFRC calls on governments and international organizations to take concrete actions on commitments made to reduce disaster risks

Mon 01 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---As the 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States begins in the Samoan capital this week, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will be urging governments and the international community to take concrete steps in addressing disaster risk reduction and climate change ...

Partnerships for Ocean protection: SPREP, National Geographic Society, Waitt Foundation team together

Mon 01 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP), the National Geographic Society and the Waitt Foundation have announced a new partnership to promote marine resource conservation and the associated sustainable economic development of Small Island Developing States in the Pacific region.

UN chief spurs green investment in small islands

Mon 01 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- Encouraging partnerships between the private sector and small developing island nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy and make historic strides in sustainability.

Bank report identifies political interference in state companies

Mon 01 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa-----The Asian Development Bank Saturday released a damming report on the poor performance of state owned enterprises in a number of Pacific Island economies, singling out political interference as a major contributing factor.

Traditional canoes join UN SIDS Conference in Apia

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa
Mon 01 Sep 2014 -

Two traditional canoes have arrived in Apia from Hawaii as part of a campaign to urge world leaders to take greater action to protect our oceans.

First meeting of the NZ-Realm country minders

Mon 01 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----A historic meeting between leaders of the so-called “NZ-Realm” countries took place for the first time, in Apia.

Pacific women, youth and people with disabilities remain vulnerable to rising poverty level – UN report

Makereta Komai
Mon 01 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa – A new United Nations report released in Apia Saturday has reiterated the vulnerabilities of women, youth, the elderly and people living with disabilities to rising level of poverty in the Pacific.

Spectacular start to UN Conference on SIDS in Samoa

Mon 01 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----Samoa lifted its restrictions on work and cultural activities on Sunday to put on a spectacular cultural show to welcome United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and leaders and officials of UN member countries that are in Apia to attend the 3rd international conference on small-island developing states.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon bestowed Samoan chiefly Tupua title

Mon 01 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon was conferred the chiefly title of Tupua at Si’upapa, Saleapaga village in Samoa.

September 2014

The Pathway to the 3rd SIDS Conference in Samoa

David Sheppard

Samoa will make history this year as the first Pacific island country to host an international United Nations conference. The 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be held from 1 to 4 September, will also mark a 20 year milestone along a journey with which the ...

Time runs out for Samoan airline’s Fiji domestic bid

Samisoni Pareti

Fiji’s Air Transport Licensing Board has made a startling revelation surrounding American Samoa based airline Inter Island Airways’ much awaited entry into Fiji’s domestic air transport market. ATLB Chairman Ernest Dutta says the airline was granted a one year provisional licence in November 2012 to operate domestic flights in Fiji. ...

Clearer skies ahead for economy

With its high dependency on tourism and agriculture, the Samoan economy is severely affected by natural disasters. In December 2012, Tropical Cyclone Evan is estimated to have caused damage of more than S$400 million (US$170m), according to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, destroying tourism infrastructure and farmlands. The effect on ...

Samoa rolls out red carpet to the world

Dev Nadkarni

It’s Samoa’s biggest moment on the global stage. The third United Nations Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) Conference that gets under way on September 1 is the largest international event not just the tiny country but the entire Pacific Islands region has ever hosted. More than 3000 delegates from nearly ...

Spare a Tala for grassroots wisdom

Dev Nadkarni

The longish drive from Faleolo Airport to downtown Apia is always a great opportunity for a grassroots view of the goings on in Samoa – especially when your driver, even if loquacious, is eloquently so. Views from the street are more often than not strongly biased toward the hoi polloi ...

Spectacular start to UN Conference on SIDS in Samoa

Samisoni Pareti, in Apia, Samoa.
Sun 31 Aug 2014 -

Samoa lifted its restrictions on work and cultural activities on Sunday to put on a spectacular cultural show to welcome United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and leaders and officials of UN member countries that are in Apia to attend the 3rd international conference on small-island developing states.

Partnerships for Ocean protection: SPREP, National Geographic Society, Waitt Foundation team together

Sun 31 Aug 2014 -

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP), the National Geographic Society and the Waitt Foundation have announced a new partnership to promote marine resource conservation and the associated sustainable economic development of Small Island Developing States in the Pacific region.

'It's in our DNA to conserve the ocean'

Samisoni Pareti, Editor-in-Chief, Islands Business magazine
Sun 31 Aug 2014 -

Two days before world leaders begin their weeklong conference on sustainable development in this Pacific island nation, small island developing states have been inspired to follow the lead of countries like the Cook Islands, Kiribati and Palau in turning most if not a large part of their oceans marine reserves.

Bank report identifies political interference in state companies

Samisoni Pareti In Apia, Samoa.
Sat 30 Aug 2014 -

The Asian Development Bank today released a damming report on the poor performance of state owned enterprises in a number of Pacific Island economies, singling out political interference as a major contributing factor.