Recently, the government of Samoa celebrated the arrival of the high-speed internet in the country. The grant partners comprised of the Asian Development Bank (A.D.B.), the government of Australia and the World Bank Group. Mr. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, the Prime Minister of Samoa led the ribbon cutting ceremony held at the T.A.T.T.E. Convention Centre. He noted that the high-speed internet will be reliable, affordable and cost-effective.
The A.D.B. Vice-President, Bambang Susantono said that the project will benefit the country in several ways. Some of the benefits comprised of the expansion of business and creation of more employment opportunities. Other benefits included access to education, health services, and international connectivity.
The World Bank Country Director, Michel Kerf also recommended the project. He added that the new digital divide will help Samoa to tap many market opportunities. The main fields encompass education, health, and commerce. Additionally, the project will strengthen the enforcement of ICT regulations.
Julie Bishop, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs explained that the security, prosperity, and stability of the Pacific is their primary goal. Julie Bishop added that this why they support the new submarine project in Samoa. He emphasized that the project will create new economic development in the country.
The Tui-Samoa submarine cable will cover 1,300-kilometers. The project will link the largest islands in Samoa. Some of the islands include the Fiji, Upolu, Futuna, and Savai’i. The A.D.B. contributed $25million and the Samoa Submarine Cable Company raised $8.18 million. The World Bank provided $16 million and the Government of Samoa contributed $6.73 million. The government of Australia donated the least amount worth $1.5 million.