China’s engagement in Samoa poised for big step Forward
After contributing significantly to Samoa’s sporting infrastructure to help it to successfully host the South Pacific Games in 2007, China is now talking about some serious investment in infrastructure as well as other sectors of Samoa’s economy.<!--more-->
Chinese engineers helped build a number of sports facilities in Apia including the Olympic standard water sports complex, the indoor boxing complex and refurbished athletics and track facilities at Apia Park.
Last week Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi spoke about a host of new infrastructural projects with Chinese involvement. Among these are a 500-room hotel, which will be Samoa’s biggest single hospitality complex to date.
Over the past couple of years, China has designated a number of Pacific Islands as preferred tourism destinations making travel easier for its citizens. This move has steadily increased tourist numbers from China. The prime minister has also hinted at direct flights from Chinese cities directly into Samoa.
China has also been involved in developing the country’s broadband as well as broadcast infrastructure, besides investments in the farming and food production sectors.
Meanwhile, in neighbouring American Samoa, a US company, One Economy, is considering scaling up broadband services along with the territory’s Department of Commerce. A survey about broadband usage will first be carried out.