The $16 million tala Police Academy project broke ground after years of preparations


The $16 million tala Samoa Police Academy project that’s been in the works for many years is finally underway. 

Built at Tafa’igata the old prison, the groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday. China’s Ambassador to Samoa Chao Xiaoliang congratulated the Ministry of Police and Prisons, under the guidance of Police Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo on the groundbreaking of this project.

The project is funded by the People’s Republic of China with Samoa’s approved assistance of $1,152,494 making up the total estimated cost of WST$16,652,494.

“This groundbreaking is inseparable from the support of all parties. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those whose dedication and efforts made this project a reality.” 

He acknowledged China’s relationship with the Samoa Government and also the Shaanxi Construction Engineering Group Corporation for the endeavours put into this project despite the adverse impact of some restrictive factors including COVID-19.

Adding that the groundbreaking is a fresh example of the enduring friendship between China and Samoa. Ever since diplomatic relations were established between China and Samoa 47 years ago, China has been devoted to strengthening bilateral cooperation with Samoa and we have proudly achieved a lot together. 

He said the Police Academy Project will include functional buildings and auxiliary facilities and will undoubtedly benefit the Samoa Police Service.

“As you know, the much-anticipated 20th CPC National Congress successfully concluded last weekend. The National Congress elected the new Central Committee of CPC, mapped out the blueprint for China’s future development and established direction for the next five years and beyond towards the achievement of the Second Centennial Goal of a prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious nation. 

“We firmly believe that under the strong leadership of the Central Committee of CPC with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, the Chinese people will make new achievements on the new journey towards the grand goal of building a modern socialist country in all respects and advancing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts through a Chinese path to modernization. 

“As President Xi Jinping stressed in the report to the 20th CPC National Congress, China has always adhered to the foreign policy of maintaining world peace and is committed to building a community with a shared future for mankind, guided by the principles of sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith.

“China has also endeavoured to strengthen cooperation with other developing countries including Samoa to jointly address challenges like climate change and promote the common development of the world. 

“We stand ready to continue working hand in hand with Samoan people to expand bilateral cooperation in various fields and build a community with a shared future for mankind.”