12 Feb 2014

Samoa labour ministry allays fears of foreigners taking local jobs

6:47 pm on 12 February 2014

The Samoa ministry of labour has allayed fears about foreigners taking jobs from locals, saying the sector is monitored closely.

The CEO of the ministry, Auelua Samuelu Enari, says foreigners are not allowed to enter into work on the reserve list, which includes retail, public transport, car rental and Samoan artwork markets.

Auelua says the ministry shut down a supermarket last year that was operated by non-citizens.

He also says naturalised citizens should not be employing non-citizens in their shops, and he will continue to monitor them.

"We continue to monitor that, and with the assistance of the immigration and the ministry for revenue also, we can manage the trade style, because when work permits are issued it's a specific sector that work permits are issued to."

The CEO of the Samoa Ministry of Labour Auelua Samuelu Enari.