24th July 2018 -The Apia Waterfront Development Project continues to move forward with the implementation of the Waterfront Plan, as seen today in the official ground-breaking ceremony for the Event Space and Clock Tower Boulevard which was held in front of the FMFMII Government Building along the
waterfront in Apia.
The Event Space and Clock Tower Boulevard project is funded with the great assistance from the Government of New Zealand, with works to begin soon after the ground breaking ceremony within the next 12 months.
The Hon. Prime Minister and Chairman of the Waterfront Project Steering Committee, Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi in delivering the keynote address spoke about the importance of the waterfront project and acknowledged all involved.
“This ground-breaking ceremony provides evidences of the commitment to activate and to carry out plans already in place for the beautification of our city of Apia.” Said Tuilaepa
“In 2016 we launched the Apia Waterfront Development Plan for the decade 2026. The primary focus of this plan is to lay out a vision by the government for the development and use of the Apia Waterfront by our people in the long term.
“I would like to convey our very sincere appreciation to the government of NZ and the NZAID programme for the grant financing that not only supported the development of the Apia waterfront plan but also committing right through to the grant financing to the infrastructure
which is about to begin.” Tuilaepa added.
The New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa, His Excellency David Nicholson in his remarks spoke about the importance of this project for Samoa and its tourism developments and acknowledged the continued friendship between the two countries.
“Today’s ceremony marks a major milestone in the NZ-Samoa partnership that is the ‘Apia Waterfront Development’ project.” Said Mr Nicholson.
“NZ has been involved in supporting the development of the Apia waterfront since 2015, which began with the establishment of the Project Management Unit, development of the Apia Waterfront Plan, and implementation the Plan through immediate and early development activities.
“The upgrade will result in enhanced facilities and a more functional Event Space – with improved vehicle and pedestrian access, enhanced aesthetics and amenities to better cater to future public events hosted in this area. These have included, in the past, the Samoa Teuila festival and Independence Day celebrations.”
The total value of the project amounts to SAT10.5 million, which will contribute to an improved Apia waterfront experience for local and tourists alike, drawing more people to the waterfront as a safer and more enjoyable place to be with family and friends, and to learn about and appreciate also Samoa’s waterfront history, heritage, art and culture.
The Event Space and Clock Tower Boulevard covers the outdoor performance space from in front of the FMFMII Government Building and onwards to the Clock Tower with an attractive pedestrian walkway to the waterfront edge.
The Waterfront Plan has identified four distinctive areas along the waterfront for redevelopment: Mulinuu Waterfront – from Mulinuu to Sogi; Apia Waterfront Central – from the Savalalo market to the Mulivai Bridge; Apia Waterfront Harbour – Beach road towards the Matautu wharf; Vaiala
Waterfront – from the Palolo Deep Reserve to part of the Taumeasina area.
Improving the Apia Waterfront will also help to showcase Apia as one of the leading sustainable tourism destinations in the Pacific region, opening Samoa up for investment while creating more jobs and business opportunities for locals.
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