Congratulatory message regarding Samoa's accession to the WTO by Mr. Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs

December 19, 2011

In the light of the Signing Ceremony for Samoa's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), which was held at the 8th WTO Ministerial conference from December 15 to December 17 in Geneva, Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs, sent his congratulatory message to the Hon. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Neioti Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Samoa. His message includes the following points.

  1. It was indeed an honour that Japan could consistently support the accession of Samoa as the chair of the working party.

  2. Mr. Gemba is convinced that Samoa will contribute to maintaining and strengthening the multilateral trading system as a WTO member country together with Japan.

  3. He expressed the deepest gratitude for Samoa's generous donations following the East Japan Great Earthquake and Tsunami in March this year.

  4. Mr. Gemba looks forward to working closely with Samoa toward the sixth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in May 2012 in Okinawa.

1. Samoa is expected to be a full-fledged member of the WTO, after the ratification of its accession, by the middle of July in 2012 at the latest.

2. Samoa made a donation of 100 thousand US dollars (approximately eight million yen) to Japan in response to the East Japan Great Earthquake and Tsunami.

3. The Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) is a summit-level meeting, which has been held in order to forge a bond of friendship between Japan and Pacific island countries every three years in Japan since 1997 and the sixth PALM will be held on May 25 and 26, 2012 in Nago, Okinawa. The Hon. Mr. Tuilaepa, Prime Minister of Samoa, is the only leader who has participated in all PALMs since the first meeting.

    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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