The Government of Japan presented five fire trucks to Samoa Fire and Emergency Service Authority (SFESA) last Friday, during the handing over ceremony held at the SFESA headquarters.
The presentation included five fire-fighting trucks; one pumper firefighting truck with water tank, one water tank truck, one rescue truck and two fire pumper trucks.
Japan’s ambassador to Samoa, His excellency Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki said during the ceremony how delighted that they were able to deliver on the request from the authority. He stated that the assistance continues to strengthen Samoa and Japans relationship.
“Japan is pleased to assist SFESA once again to enhance the standards of their vital services across Samoa,” says his excellency Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki.
“I am happy to see that the requested project is successfully completed and to be able to handover these fire trucks is a fruit of efforts and goodwill of the coordination partnership between Japan and Samoa.”
“I am confident that the assistance we are providing through this project will further strengthen the cordial relationship that exists between Japan and Samoa.”
His excellency highlighted that the project was made possible through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects programme that approved the full cost.
“Last year, a grant of up to eighty-eight thousand, eight hundred and nineteen ($88,819) US dollars was signed over to the authority for purchasing, reconditioning and shipment of these five units.”
“This programme was introduced here in 1991 which was designed and founded on the concept of Human Security.”
“Japan’s GGP programme aligns with Samoa’s national plan, Strategy for the Development of Samoa or SDS to assist areas across Samoa that is in much need of improvement.”
“I am hopeful that the authority will ensure the effective and efficient management of these units so that they can serve many people and communities for many years to come.”
Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects programme have assisted the development of Samoa for almost 3 decades.