11 Mar 2014

World Bank approves grant for Samoa aviation project

12:14 pm on 11 March 2014

The World Bank has approved a US$25 million grant to Samoa to improve airports and air safety.

The Samoa Aviation Investment Project will upgrade navigation and communication equipment and provide technical help for the operation and management of Samoa's airports and regional aerodromes.

A transport specialist with the World Bank, Chris De Serio, says aviation plays a vital economic and social role in Samoa, providing links to essential sectors, like health and education.

He says improved safety and reliability will also encourage growth in tourism and increase exports.