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The highrise is to house government offices

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Jan. 27, 2010) – In Samoa, the area opposite the Savalalo Market is about to undergo a massive transformation.

Some 28 months from now, the sight once famous for the Westec Building and later the Siva Afi Entertainment Centre will display a classic six-storey building owned by the Ministry of Finance.

The beginning of construction for the multi-million-tala new Government Office Building Complex was dedicated on Monday during a ceremony attended by government and Chinese officials.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said the conference centre was a dream come true.

"Samoa can now host big regional conferences if the project is completed," he said.

The Prime Minister thanked the Chinese government, the Chinese Embassy in Samoa, the Export-Import Bank of China and Shanghai Construction.

The Prime Minister acknowledged that the project has been delayed but was confident construction would not be interrupted again.

The Prime Minister said the six-storey office complex will house several government offices.

The Convention Centre on the other hand will have a seating capacity of 800 people.

A high level delegation from China led by Chen Changzhi, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), was present.

The project is being carried out by the Shanghai Construction Group, one of the leading construction enterprises in China.

Tuilaepa also revealed two major projects in the pipeline, being funded by China. They are the reconstruction of the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital Administration block and a building for the School of Medicine in Samoa.

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