SAME-SAMOA EXPORT AWARDS 2017 PRESS RELEASE

SAME-Samoa Export Awards 2017

MCIL Conference Room

Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 9.30am

PRESS RELEASE

The President of the Samoa Association of Manufacturers & Exporters (SAME) Tautaituasivi Tagaloa Eddie Wilson and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Commerce,Industry and Labour (MCIL) -Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling proudly announce this soft/media launch of the SAME-Samoa Export Awards 2017. The project is an initiative of SAME and is a collaborative effort with the Government of Samoa and other Private Sector Partners.

In all small developing countries exports are a key driver to achieving the level of economic growth necessary for on-going improvements in critical services such as Health and Education. The government is to be congratulated for the implementation of a diverse range of strategies aimed at stimulating economic growth for the country.The focus on exports and the launch of the Export Awards will be a key contributor in growing the economy.

The Samoa Export Awards is aimed at supporting the SAME Samoa Export Plan 2016-2020, launched in December 2016 by Hon.SiliEpaTuioti, Minister of Finance, in the presence ofthe Australian High Commissioner, New Zealand Deputy High Commissioner as well as prominent members of Government and the private sector.The Hon. Minister of Finance in endorsing the Export Plan stated that the initiativewasconsistent with the Strategy for Development of Samoa (SDS) document which had been released at the same time. The Export Plan also sought to address the weaknesses in export growth and isconsistent with the strategy of linking investment with trade development.The SAME Export Plan has as its overall objective to achieve exports of $100million by the year 2020.

In this regard, the objectives of the Export Awards are toRecognize and Reward excellence in exporting; Encourage and stimulate exporting activity; Raise awareness of Samoa’s Trading Partners of Samoa’s products and services; Build greater understanding of what is required to succeed in exporting; Build partnerships between government and private sector to support export growth; andEncourage Innovation amongst Manufacturers, Exporters and Service Providers.

To spearhead preparations of the SAME-Samoa Export Awards a National Export Awards Committee (NEAC) has been formulated and is co-chaired by the President of SAME and CEO of MCIL. This Committee is a reflection of the strong partnership between Private Sector and Government and currently comprises of representatives from the SAME Executive Committee, Management of MCIL, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Central Bank of Samoa and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce. Other relevant agencies and partners are expected to join as preparations continue to progress.

Pulotu Lyndon Chu-Ling, CEO of MCIL, expressed Government’s support of the Awards stating that “the Samoa Export Awards pay tribute to the achievements and contributions exporters have made to the Samoan economy. Produced by the Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters (SAME) in partnership with the Government of Samoa, the awards celebrate export excellence through leadership and innovation. This initiative also highlights the Government of Samoa’s commitment to increasing export products and emphasizing the importance of exporting within the Samoan economy.”

Lemauga Hobart Vaai, CEO for the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, spoke of his support for the Awards saying that “the role our manufacturers and exporters play in our economy cannot be understated. The Export Awards therefore underscore their significant contribution and highlight the awardees as model examples of best business practice.”

The Central Bank of Samoa also highlighted that the exports of goods and services are a vital source for employment creation domestically and for obtaining foreign exchange to finance our national imports/payments.

There will be 7 award categories, which include the Overall Exporter of the Year; Best Agricultural and Fisheries Exporter; Best Value Added Export; Best Service Export; Excellence in Export Marketing; Best Emerging Export; and Best in Innovation.

The Awards will be based on the performance of participating businesses over the calendar year 2017. i.e. 1 January to 31 December 2017.

The NEAC has completed the development of the criteria for each of the Awards which has since been handed over to MCIL to administer the application and assessment process.Applications will be assessed over the first three months of 2018 with the successful enterprises receiving their awards during an Awards Ceremony scheduled for the third week of April 2018.

All final arrangements, including sponsorship details, will be announced shortly by the Hon. Minister of Commerce Industry & Labour, AfiogaLautafi Purcell.

In the meantime, all interested members of the exporting business community are invited to apply for these prestigious Awards. Forms are currently available at the MCIL Main Office Level 4 ACC Building and the SAME Head Office, Matafele. Downloadable forms will soon be available from the MCIL website but for further information please contact any of the following of the National Export Awards Committee:

Natasha Kolose, SAME Secretary – natasha.kolose@stec.ws, phone 21515
Colin Stringer, SAME Technical Advisor – Colin_92@msn.com phone 22504
Muliufi Nickel, ACEO TCM Unit, MCIL – muliufi.nickel@mcil.gov.ws phone 20441
LisiFaletutulu, ACEO CSSD, MCIL –lisi.faletutulu@mcil.gov.ws phone 20441