By Staff Writer
The Apia Port Facilities is getting another upgrade worth USD$62m, signed over yesterday as a grant from the Asian Development Bank.
A major feature of the project is a breakwater protection barrier to significantly reduce the damaging waves effects on the safety of the port facilities.
The Ministry of Revenue longstanding hopes for a container scanner on the Matautu-wharf for security reasons will finally be paid for under the funding.
Guiding the boats in and out of the port will also improve with the proposed addition of a new tugboat included in the grant funding.
The Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti sporting a huge smile as he co-signed the grant agreement with the regional director of the ADB Pacific Sub regional Office, Mr. Masayuki Tachiiri at the conference room on the 6th floor of the Central Bank Building.
“This is a grant not a loan,” Sili wanted to emphasise along with a USD$62m dollar smile.
His fellow Cabinet Ministers from the Ministries of Works and Revenues were also present to bask in the happy moment.
“ Building resilience to climate change, strengthening border security and boosting trade are key components of the Apia Port project,” Mr. Tachiiri said.
“ By 2023, Apia Port will be safer, more efficient and environmentally sustainable.”
Among the expressed benefits from the project is to “ encourage greater participation of women employees at the Samoa Port Authority’ but did not specifically explain the role they will be involved in.
The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Revenue and Port Authorities are all involved in the project.
Samoa is one of 68 members of the ADB the first from the Pacific Islands to join the financing institution.