28 May 2020

Samoa Govt reveals details of planned 2020/21 Budget

2:05 pm on 28 May 2020

Samoa's Parliament is readying to debate a budget of more than $US344 million - the last before next year's election.

The government said it would continue to prioritise health and education.

Samoa's Minister of Finance Sili Epa Tuioti.

Samoa's Minister of Finance Sili Epa Tuioti. Photo: Samoa Government

The health ministry is set to receive $US60 million, including money for overseas treatments, the non-communicable disease programme, and the construction and refurbishment of district clinics and staff quarters.

It will also fund a new radiology facility and community nursing centre.

The education sector will be allocated $US36 million.

The government estimated total spending would be down 1.5 percent.

Meanwhile Finance Minister Sili Epa Tuioti told parliament the government's financial position remained sound despite reports that it was struggling to meet its debts.