Samoa Finance Minister visits PIC in Japan

Samoa’s Minister of Finance, the Honorable Sili Epa Tuioti visited the Pacific Islands Centre (PIC) in Tokyo on 25th July. Hon Tuioti was in Japan as a part of the ongoing “APIC Pacific Islands Leader Invitation Program” hosted by the Association for Promotion of International Cooperation.

Their itinerary included meeting with government authorities and visiting Iwaki City.  Oscar Thomas Malielegaoi, Chief Executive Officer of the Government of Samoa’s Ministry of Finance, as well as other interested parties of APIC visited PIC with Minister Tuioti.

Ryuzo Saito, Director of PIC, briefed them about PIC’s activities, achievement of 2016’s Japan’s Public-Private Joint Mission to Samoa and subsequent business developments. Minister Tuioti talked about Samoa’s exports to Japan.

He said he believed continuous promotion activities which respond to the Japanese market’s interests are important because the Japanese market is very different from neighboring markets of Australia and New Zealand.

With regard to tourism, he expressed his expectation for Japan’s investment in building luxurious hotels in Samoa.

He also expressed his gratitude to PIC’s steady work aiming for business expansion and development between Japan and Samoa, while proposing to provide information collected by the Ministry of Finance, such as extensive statistics data and reports to PIC.

PIC and the ministerial delegation mutually agreed to enhance the cooperative relationship between the Samoan Ministry of Finance and the PIC.

Tokyo based Pacific Islands Centre is a part of the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat’s global trade offices network that also includes Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) offices in New Zealand, Australia, China and Europe.

For more information email Pacific Islands Centre Promotion Coordinator Yukie Matsui at

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