Samoa Government To Retain, Utilize Most SIDS Assets

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Same vehicles may be made available to community organizations

By Sophie Budvietas

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Oct. 28, 2014) – A number of assets – including vehicles – especially acquired by the government to enable Samoa to host the Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S) conference will be kept under the government’s watch.

This will be done with similar meetings in mind, such as the upcoming Tuna Commission, the Commonwealth Youth Games among others.

The plan was revealed by Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, in Parliament last week. He was speaking during the Question and Answer session.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa was asked about the government’s plan for vehicles and assets from S.I.D.S.

"The plan for buses, cars and other assets is after use, a committee will negotiate and submit a report on recommendations for it," said the Prime Minister.

"Firstly there is a big conference coming up in December where between eight hundred to a thousand people will attend. So the chairs and other assets including some of the cars will be required to be used for that meeting."

The Youth Commonwealth Games next year will also bring thousands to Samoa, with 54 countries taking Park. Tuilaepa said these meetings require the government to hold on to some of the assets.

According to Tuilaepa, some cars – including buses – will be released for public use. "At the moment there are about twenty applications given to the government from different organisations (asking for these assets) to be used for schools, hostels, societies like Red Cross, rugby clubs and tourism businesses.

"Some cars and buses can be released but the majority of them will remain under government."

Prior to the S.I.D.S conference, Samoa received millions worth of assistance from her donor partners.

China for example donated close to $15million worth of equipment – including vehicles. Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the United States of

America also assisted. The equipment include buses, cars, tables, chairs, earphones, ICT electronic equipment, computers, air conditioners, printers, generators, fax machines, mobile phones, interpretation conference systems and more.

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