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A friend in the South Pacific: 50 years of diplomatic relations with Samoa

Associate Minister of Education Sports and Culture, Nofoalii Primary School Principal, some teachers, school committee and some students.  

Associate Minister of Education Sports and Culture, Nofoalii Primary School Principal, some teachers, school committee and some students.  , © Stefan Szegedi

19.05.2022 - Article
‘Buddy Bear’ sculpture 50 years of diplomatic relations with Samoa
‘Buddy Bear’ sculpture 50 years of diplomatic relations with Samoa© German Embassy Wellington

Germany and Samoa have a long tradition of relations even through there are separated over 19,000 km. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on 18 May 1972.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) carries out various projects in the Pacific countries, from which Samoa benefits. The regional project Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region strengthened capacities for adapting to climate change in the region by providing advisory services between 2009 and 2021.

With the great help of our Honorary Consul in Samoa, Christa Szegedi and her family , small-scale projects of the German Embassy in Wellington have become a constant in Germany’s bilateral development cooperation with Samoa. Since 2020, this support primarily took the form of projects to help tackle COVID‑19 by improving sanitary facilities and hygiene standards in schools, projects to prevent domestic violence, and a German film and cultural festival at various schools.

On the 50th anniversary of German-Samoan diplomatic relations, the signing of the contract for the current school project took place on May 18, 2022. It was a very special honour to welcome the Associate Minister of Education Sports and Culture Agaseata Valelio Tanuvasa Peto for that special occasion.

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Furthermore, in a joint project with the New Zealand National Archive, Germany is helping the Samoan National Archives and Records Authority to build capacities for digitising and conserving historical materials

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