Samoa PM Wants To Protect Samoan Local Businesses From Chinese Competition

PM acknowledged positive and negative aspects to Asian businesses operating in the country, but in the long run these businesses are needed to create jobs and help boost the country's economy

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 22, 2017) – The Samoa Prime Minister wants to protect local businesses from the increasing numbers of Chinese-owned businesses springing up around the country.

In a radio interview last week, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi alluded to changing the regulations to keep smaller retail operations for Samoan business people only.

Tuilaepa said that there are good, and bad, sides to Asian businesses operating in the country, but in the long run these businesses are needed to create jobs and help boost the country's economy.

While he acknowledged there was growing resentment among local business owners over overseas operators, he encouraged them to learn from the Chinese about operating profitable businesses.

Samoan MP Olo Fiti Va'ai is campaigning for laws to ensure local businesses are protected from foreigners, and last week Moata'a village joined a growing list of Samoan villages that have banned Asian-owned businesses from opening.

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