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EU, Samoa sign water and sanitation agreement in Brussels

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Update: 11:55AM THE European Union (EU) and the Samoan Government have signed a 20.2 million Euro/SAT 58 million in Water and Sanitation.

This Financial agreement was signed by the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi and the European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation & Development, Neven Mimica during the European Development Day summit in Brussels yesterday.

European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mimica stated that the agreement would strengthen the cooperation with Samoa in water and sanitation.

A press statement released today revealed that the agreement would provide financial assistance to Samoa to support the implementation of the Samoa water and sanitation policy of "Reliable, clean, affordable water and basic sanitation within the framework of Integrated Water Resources Management, for all the people in Samoa to sustain health improvements and alleviate poverty".

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi acknowledged the support of EU with the assistance of  ensuring sustainable management practices.

The water and sanitation sector has been identified as a national priority under the current Strategy for Development of Samoa (2012-2016), highlighting the impacts of climate change on the water sector and the need to focus on adaptation strategies. 

The EU "Water & Sanitation Sector and Climate Change Adaptation Support Programme" aims to support the Samoan Government's "Water for Life Sector Plan 2012 - 2016" and its successor with the purpose of providing reliable, clean and affordable water and basic sanitation for all the people of Samoa to sustain public health improvements and alleviate hardship particularly of vulnerable groups. 

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