I will travel to Samoa from 21 to 23 August, which will be my first visit to Samoa as Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

I will be meeting senior Samoan ministers and officials, where we will discuss regional issues of common interest and further strengthen the foreign policy, development and security ties between our two countries.

While in Samoa, I will announce two new climate change adaptation investments. Australia will provide $1.5 million over three years for Griffith University to work with the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) to improve data access on the impacts of climate change for policy makers in the Pacific. We will also provide $990,000 for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation to work with SPREP to help Pacific Island countries access and use recent climate research findings.

Australia’s existing $37.8 million development program in Samoa is making a difference to the lives of Samoans. I will officially open an Australian-funded road upgrade project, which has substantially improved links between Apia Port, the Central Business District and Samoa’s main industrial zone.

I will also officially open Samoa’s National Pharmaceutical Warehouse. The purpose-built facility will save lives in Samoa by better storing and delivering quality medications, supplies and equipment to meet Samoa’s pharmaceutical needs. Improving health outcomes in Samoa is an important priority for Australia and I am pleased we have worked together with New Zealand and the World Bank to deliver this vital addition to Samoa’s health infrastructure.

I will also announce a $70,000 partnership with the National Rugby League under the Pacific Sports Partnerships.  The program will support Samoa’s young people to tackle non-communicable diseases, promote gender inclusion and equality, and help to overcome barriers for people with disability.

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