1 Mar 2018

French tech firm sets up in Samoa

12:31 pm on 1 March 2018

More job opportunities are expected in Samoa after the setting up of a new depot to service 19 submarine cable systems in the region.

Samoa PM and helping hands haul submarine cable ashore

Samoa PM and helping hands haul submarine cable ashore Photo: RNZI/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

A ground breaking ceremony has been held to kick off construction works for TE SubCom's depot on the main wharf at Apia.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said the international undersea communication technology firm has set up in Samoa because of many benefits provided including political stability.

In a speech at the ceremony he outlined some of the benefits for Samoa.

"The creation of jobs for Samoan staff at the depot, additional employment for stevedoring companies supporting the cable ships," Tuilaepa said.

"When the cable ships are berthed in harbour economic stimulus to the local businesses by the 60 crew purchasing good and services."

The company said the depot will support and maintain more than 51,000 km of telecommunications and power cable systems in the area as well as support regional installation activities.

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