McCully meets Tourism Chief and Apia Waterfront Development Team

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, Tupa’imatunaalofiotaoa Murray McCully travelled to Samoa last month to meet with Samoa’s Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, and had a chance to also meet with the Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Tourism Authority, Papali’i Sonja Hunter, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and discussed plans for the Apia Waterfront Development Project.

Tupa’imatunaalofiotaoa Murray McCully’s discussions with Tuilaepa and the Samoan Government covered a range of matters including renewable energy, New Zealand’s support to Samoa’s tourism sector and New Zealand’s Pacific Sporting Partnerships Programme.

“New Zealand and Samoa have a special relationship, anchored by the Treaty of Friendship and underpinned by our strong economic, political and cultural links,” Said McCully.

The visit also provided the opportunity to participate in the ground breaking for the Fuluasou Hydropower plant, which New Zealand helped fund along with the ADB, the EU and the Government of Samoa.

While in Samoa Minister McCully also met with private sector representatives about economic development opportunities.

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