Exchange of Notes formalises $2 million grant


The Government of Japan has reaffirmed its commitment and partnership with the Government of Samoa in a significant collaborative initiative by providing Food Processing Machines under its Economic and Social Development Programme (ESDP).

An Exchange of Notes was signed between the two Governments yesterday by Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa, Prime Minister of Samoa, and H.E. Mr. SENTA Keisuke, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa.

The Exchange of Notes formalizes grant assistance in the amount of JPY 100,000,000 (approximately SAT 2,000,000), which will enable the procurement of Food Processing Equipment such as a “Freeze Dryer” and “High-Pressure Processing Machine” to support invention as well as creation of new value-added products that will bolster the Scientific Research Organization of Samoa’s (SROS) research infrastructure and capability.

The Government of Samoa and Japan continue to engage collaboratively in developing homegrown innovations and solutions to address development challenges and help Samoa meet its development aspirations and goals, including in its pursuit of economic resilience and stability.

The signing of the Exchange of Notes illustrates the continued friendship and warm relations between Japan and Samoa as both nations celebrate the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.