Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement signed between Samoa and China


The bilateral discussions between State Councilor and Foreign Minister for the People’s Republic of China H.E Mr. Wang Yi and Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa concluded with the signing of the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement for upcoming projects.

Also finaslised were the Handover Certificate for the completed Arts and Culture Centre and the Samoa –China Friendship Park and the Exchange of Letters for the Fingerprint laboratory for Police complementary to the construction of the Police Academy.

This was outlined in a press statement issued following the signing ceremony this afternoon. The State
Councilor arrived at the Faleolo International Airport on Friday night following a visit to Kiribati and before that the Solomon Islands.

He was accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce and the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA).

The Head of Delegation paid a courtesy call on the Head of State, Afioga Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II at his residence Vailele, on Saturday morning 28th May followed by a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister Hon Fiame Naomi Mataafa at the STA Fale.

“The open environment and natural surroundings provided a fitting setting in view of the existing COVID situation and the precautionary measures encouraged for prevention.

“The bilateral meeting aimed to strengthen the diplomatic relations between China and Samoa, which is marking its 47th year this year alongside Samoa’s 60th independence anniversary.

“The meeting covered issues of mutual interest and concern including key regional priorities such as climate change, the pandemic, peace, and security.

“China is a key development partner for Samoa providing infrastructural developments in the health, education, and public administration sectors, human resource development, sports development, and technical cooperation in the agriculture sector.

Key to the bilateral relations between China and Samoa is the adherence to the one-China principle.”

The statement says Samoa and the People’s Republic of China will continue to pursue greater collaboration that will deliver on joint interests and commitments, and address key priorities that are in line with Samoa’s Pathway for the Development of Samoa.

Wang Yi and his delegation departed Faleolo on Saturday afternoon for Fiji.