27 Apr 2009

Samoa memo warns ministers against accepting inducements

8:06 am on 27 April 2009

A leaked government document in Samoa shows that the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has warned his ministers against making arrangements with foreign investors which could involve corrupt deals.

He reminds his ministers not to rush to show any sign or expression that the government is eager to accept any business that wants to enter Samoa.

The prime minister has told his ministers to reject any offers of overseas trip from investors while a decision has not been finalised.

He also reminds them not to accept invitations which include their spouses and children to wine and dine in expensive restaurants.

Tuilaepa has spoken out against negotiations that could result in local people receiving few benefits.