Japan will provide JPY3.477 billion (USD28.3 million) in grant-in-aid for a project to enhance the safety of Apia Port in the Pacific island country of Samoa.
The diplomatic notes concerning the provision of the aid were signed in Samoan capital Apia on 22 June by Japanese ambassador to Samoa Kazumasa Shibuta and Samoan prime minister Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.
The project will upgrade facilities at Samoa’s only commercial port and ensure the port’s safety and efficiency, the ministry said, adding that the project will contribute to Samoa’s sustainable economic growth.
Grants-in-aid are one type of Japanese official development assistance (ODA) extended directly to developing countries. The two other types of Japanese ODA are yen loans and technical co-operation.