3 Mar 2014

Major works in Samoa get green light including wharf and airport

7:47 am on 3 March 2014

Memoranda of Understanding have been signed for three major infrastructure projects in Samoa, including developing the Faleolo international airport.

The Samoan government has signed an MOU with Shanghai Construction for work on a wharf at Vaiusu Bay and a government building in Savalalo.

And an MOU has been signed with China First Railway company to undertake studies and provide concept design for extensions of Faleolo airport.

The Minister of Works, Manu'alesagalala Enokati Posala, says it's hoped the proposed projects can be covered under the 2 billion US dollar development grant offered by the Chinese government to eight Pacific Island countries.

"We are trying to promote all over in the Pacific Island countries to promote tourism destinations and we need better terminals with aero-bridges. We want here to become a hub of the Pacific, so that's what we are aiming for, to develop our ports, we need new ports, better than we have now, so that we can achieve what we want."

Manu'alesagalala Enokati Posala says the government hopes to find out whether the proposals have been approved under the China development grant later this year.