Japan and Samoa Police signs $1.74 million tala grant assistance


The continuous work of the Ministry of Police, Prisons and Corrections in keeping Samoa safe will be greatly enhanced thanks to a grant from the Government and the People of Japan.

A signing ceremony was held earlier today (16 March) at the Police Headquarters in Apia, to formalize a new Grant Assistance for Japan’s Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP) between the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa, H.E. Mr. SENTA Keisuke and Minister for Police and Prisons, Hon. Faualo Harry Jeffrey Schuster.

The ceremony was for 2 projects of up to USD 666,925 (approximately SAT 1,774,000) in total.

While a grant of USD 353,988 (approximately SAT 942,000) will fund the provision of 10 new Toyota Land Cruisers to boost the Police’s daily operations for protecting the public against crime and threats, another grant of USD 312,937 (approximately SAT832,000) will fund the provision of 2 new Toyota Land Cruisers, 1 new Toyota 30 Seat Coaster and 1 new Isuzu Cargo Truck to Prisons, as well as the construction of a new prison hall with stage, kitchen, storage and 4 toilets and 4 shower rooms including 5,000 litre water tank at Vaiaata Prison to improve their correctional services through humane treatment of inmates and contribute to a safe and crime-free society in Samoa. 

It is anticipated that this assistance will greatly contribute in enhancing efficient and effective services with the best resources to carry out daily services of the Ministry.

The Government of Japan continues to assist and commit in improving its relations with the Government of the Independent State of Samoa as this year marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two Governments.

Japan’s GGP  aims to support small-scale projects directly benefitting the grass-roots level, as well as contributing to the socio-economic development of the Independent State of Samoa.

The Government of Japan welcomes the opportunities to further work in partnership with the Government of Samoa with a view to advancing human security and community development projects at grass-roots level.