Market Access Working Group: Members of the public private partnership platform working together to grow Samoan exports.

Market access working group discuss export strategies

Growing exports, and looking for new potential exports and markets were two of the main points discussed at a workshop organised by the Market Access Working Group (M.A.W.G.) of the regional Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (P.H.A.M.A.) programme.

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VISIT OUR SLICE OF PARADISE: Samoa will take part in efforts to market tourism in Europe.

Pacific tourism marketed in Europe

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (S.P.T.O.) is creating greater awareness of tourism in the South Pacific Islands region across Europe, through a series of marketing events over the next two months.

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FROM SAMOA: Tamaleaoa Leilua, Justin Lima and Autalavou Tauefa at the training in the Solomon Islands.

Samoan officials learn trade and fisheries

Three Samoan officials are among Pacific trade, commerce, investment and fisheries officials in Honiara at Forum Fisheries Agency (F.F.A) HQ for two weeks of training.

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LOVE OF FAMILY: Lafaele Toa of Vaitele.

Young planter does it for love of family

Know your role and perform it to the best of your abilities. 

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GLAD TO HAVE A JOB: Lu Lu of Vaitele-uta works for the Samoa Sports Facilities Authority.

Young man blasts loafing youth

Young people loafing around on the streets of Samoa can do themselves and their families a massive favour by finding a job.

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HARD WORKING PARENT: Le’emo Tifaga, 38, is a father of six from Letogo.

Elei maker puts in the sacrifice and hard work

For Le’emo Tifaga, 38, and a father of six from Letogo, his gift is to make elei prints. He works for a company that makes lavalava and other materials.

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Digicel Diaspora’s week 2 winner: Fagaua Tautaiolevao from Papatoetoe.

Happiness is winning with Digicel

Digicel Diaspora serves the community of customers who are living in countries across the world but still have strong connections to their loved ones at home. 

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YOUNG MAN WITH A PLAN: Primo Tamasese plans to return to school.

Primo Tamasese doing his bit

Primo is from a family of six. He is a former student of St. Joseph’s College before he quit school to find a job to help his family. 

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MINISTER OF FINANCE: The International Monetary Fund team met with Sili Epa Tuioti.

I.M.F’s outlook for Samoa’s economy

An International Monetary Fund (I.M.F) team led by Niamh Sheridan visited Samoa last week. They were to hold discussions with authorities on the 2017 Article IV* Consultation. 

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WELCOME TO SAMOA: Sirena bringing in visitors to Apia

Sirena Cruise ship visits

Hundreds of visitors descended upon Samoa yesterday when the Sirena Cruise Ship docked at the Matautu Wharf. 

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GO MANU SEVENS: The Manu Samoa Sevens Squad for the Las Vegas and Vancouver Sevens

Think positive, P.M. urges

Positive thinking produces positive results. This was the message from the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union and Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, to the Manu Samoa Sevens team yesterday.

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Media spokesperson for the Ministry of Police, Su’a Tiumalu.

Police confirm three more suicide deaths

Three more lives have been lost as a result of suicide. This was confirmed by the Police during their weekly press conference yesterday.

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A man who took a doctor’s car charged

A 29-year-old man accused of stealing a vehicle that belonged to a doctor parked outside the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital has been found.

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PEDESTRIAN CROSSING SOON: A pedestrian crossing will soon replace these Police officers at this particular part of the road.

Authority buckles to public pressure

The Land Transport Authority (L.T.A) will install a pedestrian crossing on a part of Beach Road that has been described as a ticking time bomb.

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Minister Lautafi Fio Purcell

Minister to launch Samoa’s credit registry

A registry to increase access to credit by Samoa is to be launched next week. Samoa’s Personal Property Security Register will be launched by the Minster of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Fio Purcell, at the Taumeasina Island Resort on Monday.

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POLICE CONFLICTS: Police Commissioner Fuiavailiili Egon Keil and suspended Assistant Commissioner, Samoa Mulinu’u.

Cabinet to restructure Police

Cabinet is to restructure the executive body at the Ministry of Police, a document leaked to Radio New Zealand has revealed.

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World Bank’s Vice President of the East Asia and Pacific, Victoria Kwakwa.

World Bank to raise funding for Samoa

The World Bank is to “significantly increase” its support for Samoa over the next few years. The assistance will come from the International Development Association funds available to the Pacific region, which covers Samoa. 

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Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin.

Eni Hunkin passes away

Former Congressman and a friend of Samoa, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, has passed away.

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Saina Youth Group taking part in Wetlands Day.

Why Samoa values wetlands

“For all of us who call Samoa our home, this is a time to celebrate a very special part of our natural environment – the “wetlands.” - Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa

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CONGRATULATIONS: Class of 2016-2017.

Graduation joy for Maritime graduates

The graduates had completed a one-year-course, which looked at the theory and practical side of their work.

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Think a Minute

Let Go of the Controls

Think a minute…A pilot was flying his small airplane, a Cessna 150, when suddenly he lost control. His plane began spinning and falling to the ground! He panicked and began doing everything he could think of with the controls.


Samoa, integrity and media freedom

I thank Dr. Falepo for his wise words for as we know we must be forever grateful to the Lord for the work we do. 

Between the Lines

New airlines please

We really need another airline that is not affiliated to an existing one which is also flying in and out of Samoa. In other words, competition please, not a cosy relationship where you both maintain the status quo at the expense of the trapped customers

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