The National University of Samoa (N.U.S) and the Samoa Association of Manufacturers (S.A.M.E) are pleased to announce that they have joined forces in supporting and eventually localizing the training component of the S.A.M.E Food Safety Management Training and Certification Programme.
The Vice Chancellor and President of N.U.S Professor Fui Le’apai Asofou So’o delivered the keynote address to the companies and organizations that attended the training at the Oloamanu Training centre last week.
“Since Samoa joined the World Trade Organisation (W.T.O), opportunities for trade between Samoa and the global market has opened up,” Prof. Fui said. “However it also poses challenges for our goods and services suppliers especially in the provision of food and beverage both locally and globally, to be competitive.”
“To succeed in international trade, goods and service providers must not only be competitive, but they must also be internationally recognized,” added Prof. Fui.
The Food Safety Management Training which is part of S.A.M.E’s International Certification programme promises to equip Samoan food and beverage for manufacturers & exporters to follow through. It will not only enhance the competitiveness of our food and beverage but also create international recognition as being ISO Certified.
It’s an initiative according to the President of S.A.M.E Tagaloa Eddie Wilson whereby sixteen (16) local companies are now heading for certification.
These include a wide spectrum of processors, manufacturers, exporters of coconut and cocoa based products, food and beverage industries; processed agriculture-based products such as nonu, coconut cream, palusami chili, fruit juice, snack foods, beer, water, ice cream and soft drinks, processed meat products and fresh and frozen taro.
The training was delivered by New Zealand International Certification Limited (N.Z.I.C).
N.U.S in partnership with S.A.M.E will eventually take over the training programme for the private sector in Samoa.
“This is to ensure the sustainability of the programme in the long term,” Tagaloa said. “This will enable local companies and organisations to prepare for certification by N.Z.I.C) under the S.A.M.E International Certification programme.”
Prof. Fui added: “N.U.S is proud to be associated with this program, which is ultimately aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of the private sector and build the capacity of local businesses and organisations to ensure food safety and management at the highest level as well as gaining International certification.”
He also encouraged attending local companies to complete the programme and earn their international certification.
N.U.S and S.A.M.E acknowledged the support of the Government as well as the major sponsor, Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA).
VC Prof. Fui Le’apai Asofou So’o
Tagaloa Eddie Wilson
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