Western Union Space At Samoa State Office Building Criticized

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Company manager says once-empty space now serving citizens

By Alan Ah Mu

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, Nov. 11, 2013) – Space given to Western Union at Samoa’s Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi (TATTE) Building should have been put out for tender.

That’s the view of Opposition leader, Palusalue Fa’apo II.

Further space is short at TATTE, which was built for staff of Government ministries and state owned enterprises, yet room has been made for Western Union to set up a new branch in the building, Palusalue said.

A Western Union Manager finds those views petty and of no value to the development of Samoa and its citizens.

"We all know the space we are talking about – it was vacant and now serving the citizens of Samoa, adding value to the building and earning money to assist the Government," says Anarosa Ale Molioo, Deputy General Manager of Fexco Samoa / Western Union Money Transfer.

"Maybe it will help fund the increase in the Senior Pension Payout Funds that Palusalue is proposing," Mrs Molio’o says.

There is a need for their services in TATTE for the workers with offices there and for users of the convention centre in the building such as foreign exchange, money transfers, business payments, telegraphic transfers, direct to bank account, quick payment of utility bills, she says.

The deputy General Manager asked why they should have tendered for space at TATTE.

"It was not the Government’s idea! It was … FEXCO’s initiative – an outcome of management’s ON the job mission, exploring opportunities to grow the business and serve the needs of the government Ministries (who are advocate customers of FEXCO) and all the citizens (loyal customers) of Samoa.

"The need was identified and acted upon … – following the proper procedures. There was an empty an ideal space; the opportunity presented itself – ACTION."

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