Speaking at the opening of the office yesterday, Sen Fierravanti-Wells said the building is a symbol of the close partnership between the governments and peoples of Samoa and Australia.
“Of course, we are more than partners, we are friends,” she said.
“This opening is a celebration amongst friends – celebrating all that we have achieved together.”
She added that it is fitting that the complex has been completed in 2017 as September this year marks the 40th anniversary since the Australian High Commission first opened its doors in Samoa.
According to Sen Fierravanti-Wells, there are more than 55,000 citizens or residents of Samoan descent in Australia and many of them are in New South Wales.
“Samoans citizens and residents of all walks of life have made a remarkable contribution to our nation,” she said.
“We are all aware of the many players of Samoan heritage who have made their mark on the sporting field in Australia.”
She also highlighted that parliamentary links between Australia and Samoa are thriving.
Sen Fierravanti-Wells also spoke of how Samoans in Australia have also helped to make Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme such a success.
“As at 30 June this year, 808 Samoans have participated in the Programme,” she said.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi travelled to Canberra for the opening ceremony yesterday.
Photo: Sen Concetta Fierravanti-Wells/Twitter. Caption: New Samoa High Commission office in Canberra