24 Apr 2008

Samoa's Prime Minister says road switch will not affect WTO bid

7:43 pm on 24 April 2008

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has dismissed advice that a ban on left hand drive cars could affect the country's bid to become a member of the World Trade Organisation.

The advice was given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to the Works, Transport and Environment parliamentary committee.

The prime minister says the move will not affect the bid as Samoa's application to join the WTO was made eleven years ago.

Tuila'epa has told the Samoa Observer that if it takes another eleven years, it does not matter.

According to the prime minister the importation of left hand drive vehicles could be stopped as early as this week but a public notice should be issued first.