The President of the Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters (S.A.M.E.), Tautaituasivi Tagaloa Wilson, has announced the commencement of the S.A.M.E.-Samoa Export Awards 2018.
The project is an initiative of S.A.M.E. and supported by M.C.I.L. and their Private Public Sector partners.
The Awards administration and coordination of the judging will be carried out by M.C.I.L.
The Export Awards is aimed at supporting the S.A.M.E. Samoa Export Plan 2016-2020, launched in December 2016 by the Minister of Finance/Government of Samoa and Partners of S.A.M.E. in the Public and private Sector, as well as the Australian High and New Zealand High Commissions.
The S.A.M.E. Export Plan has as its overall objective to achieve exports of $100million by the year 2020.
The Export Plan isconsistent with the Strategy for Development of Samoa (S.D.S.) 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 Export Plan focuses on narrowing the significant gap in Samoa Trade Deficit, increase Samoa’s Foreign Exchange Reserves, Increase Employment and improve the well-being of Farmers and Communities in the rural area for Samoa. Samoa’s Exports represent less than 10% of its Imports.
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 objectives of the Export Awards are:
Recognition and Reward for excellence in exporting
To encourage and stimulate exporting activity
Raise awareness of Samoa’s Trading Partners of Samoa’s products and services
Build greater understanding what is required to succeed in exporting
Build partnerships between government and private sector to support export growth
Encourage Innovation amongst Manufacturers, Exporters and Services
The major Sponsor for the Samoa Export Awards 2018 is the Pacific Forum Line. Other award sponsors include: The M.C.I.L./Government of Samoa; ANZ bank; Blue Sky; P.H.A.M.A. programme; and S.A.M.E.
The implementation of the S.A.M.E.-Samoa Export Awards is organized by a joint working group, co-chaired by the S.A.M.E. President and M.C.I.L. C.E.O., and reflects a strong partnership between the government and private sector.
This working group comprises of the S.A.M.E. Executive Committee, Management representatives of M.C.I.L.; Representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Central Bank of Samoa; Ministry of Finance; Samoa Bureau of Statistics; and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce.These organizations were seen as important in validating information provided by applicants.
The objectives of the committee were to undertake development of the criteria for each of the awards. Determine the relative weighting given to each of the criteria as well as the application and assessment processes.
There will be seven awards up for grabs including:
Overall Exporter of the year
Best Agricultural Exporter
Best Value Added Export
Best Service Export
Excellence in Export Marketing
Best Emerging Export
Best in Innovation
The 1stExport Awards event2018 to be held on Friday 27th April 2018 at the Taumeasina Island resort.
Application of the Samoa export Awards are available from M.C.I.L. and the S.A.M.E. office and are due in end of February 2018. All exporters in Samoa are encouraged to apply. Completed Applications are to be submitted directly to the M.C.I.L. Office- 4th Floor A.C.B. Building at Matafele.
W.T.M. Media, Rudy Bartley, has been appointed as Media Coordinator for the Event. EMD Co, Kevin Schuster, has been appointed to assist the coordinating committee with the promotion and logistics/admin/organization.
The Patrons for the Exports Awards are the Head of State, His Highness Tuimalealiifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi and Minister M.C.I.L., Lautafi F.Purcell.
The Awards are expected to continue as an annual event supporting and promoting Export of Goods and Services for Samoa.