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  • September 2011: East-West Center - United States – South Pacific Scholarship Program

    The East-West Center has released the applications for United States – South Pacific Scholarship Program. These scholarships are available only to citizens of South Pacific countries, and range from undergraduate to masters level degrees. The recipient of the scholarship will receive money for: tuition, room and board, airfare and several other costs incurred while studying in the United States. The program will include a summer internship in Washington, D.C. as well as a 4 to 5 week service project in the applicant’s home country. If you are interested, If you’re interested, please email or visit your local EducationUSA office or visit the East-West Center’s website or email them at The application deadline is February 1st.  for more information... »

  • Pacific Island Forum 2011

    Media releases and fact sheets from the 2011 Pacific Islands Forum held in Auckland in September 2011.  view media releases and fact sheets »

Mission News Jan-June 2011

  • June 2011 - Assistant Secretary Campbell’s Travel to the Pacific Islands

    Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell, accompanied by U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Patrick M. Walsh, USAID Assistant Administrator Nisha Biswal and Office of the Secretary of Defense South/Southeast Asia Principal Director Brigadier General Simcock will travel to the Pacific Islands June 26 - July 1, 2011. read more on the trip »

  • Hon. Fonotoe, Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa and His Excellency Mr. Michael Punke, United States Ambassador, signing the agreement on the bound rates for duties and related market access between the two countries, WTO headquarters, Geneva, Friday 6 May 2011. Assisting are Deputy CEO Foreign Affairs and Trade Faalavaau Perina Sila and US Senior Trade Negotiator Mr John Lyons and witnessed by Samoa Senior State Solicitor Muriel Lui
    May 10, 2011 - Samoa moves forward in WTO negotiations

    Important steps were taken last week to conclude Samoa’s accession to the WTO when the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo Meredith, signed bilateral agreements with the United States, Ukraine, and Canada. more »

  • Peace Corps seal
    Celebrations in Samoa of Peace Corps 50th Anniversary worldwide and 44years in Samoa Launched

    The patron of celebrations Her Highness Masiofo Filifilia, U.S. Embassy Apia Chargé d’Affaires and Peace Corps Director Dale Withington launched story, picture and photo competition was announced for stories of PC work in Samoa and Samoans experiences in the past four decades-- deadline on May 20. The winning pieces will be collated in a PC Samoa booklet to be launched at the festivities of the Fourth of July. This year’s Embassy Fourth of July will highlight PC contribution in the world and Samoa. 

Previous Highlights 2010

  • June 11, 2010: Good People Doing Great Things In Samoa
    June 11, 2010: Good People Doing Great Things In Samoa

    One of the best parts of my job is meeting people who are doing wonderful things in their communities — frequently without pay, thanks, or acknowledgment. You don’t often read about such folks in the newspaper, but they are making our world a better place. It is particularly gratifying when we at the Embassy are able to assist these unsung angels with their work.  read more/photos »

  • June 3, 2010: Plastiki Ahoy - From Ambassador Huebner's Blog
    June 3, 2010: Plastiki Ahoy - From Ambassador Huebner's Blog

    I’m blogging today from atop a pile of junk floating in Apia harbor. Really. Of course, the pile of junk has been painstakingly crafted into the form of a 60-foot catamaran named the Plastiki. Made of approximately 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles, the boat is sailing from San Francisco to Sydney read more/photos »

  • April 14, 2010: Faafetai tele lava Riley Elementary
    April 14, 2010: Faafetai tele lava Riley Elementary

    I always love seeing people doing nice things for other people. I also like seeing kids setting a good example for adults to emulate.  read more »

  • May 31, 2010: Samoa Independence Day

    STATEMENT BY SECRETARY CLINTON - On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Independent State of Samoa on the 48th anniversary of your nation’s independence on June 1. I also offer warm wishes to Samoans in the United States and around the world. As Pacific neighbors, the United States and Samoa enjoy a warm partnership based on mutual respect and mutual interest. We look forward to another year marked by cooperation on combating climate change, spurring economic development, and promoting deeper cultural ties. We wish Samoa continued progress toward recovery from last year’s devastating tsunami, and pledge sustained support from the people and government of the United States. Best wishes and happy Independence Day! 

  • March 8-12, 2010: USAID Funded Samaritan's Purse Continues Post Tsunami Assistance
    March 8-12, 2010: USAID Funded Samaritan's Purse Continues Post Tsunami Assistance

    Throughout the week of March 8-12, 2010, U.S. based NGO Samaritan’s Purse continued its distribution of relief/recovery goods to Samoan communities affected by the September 2009 Tsunami. read more »

  • February 23, 2010 - Samoa welcomes U.S. Ambassador Huebner
    February 23, 2010 - Samoa welcomes U.S. Ambassador Huebner

    This was Ambassador Huebner's first official visit to Samoa. Ambassador Huebner presented his credentials to the Head of State, his Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.While in Samoa, Ambassador Huebner will also meet with Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, other government officials, the private sector, diplomatic corps, and educational institutions. view photos »

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