31 Oct 2007

China loan funds new Samoan primary school

4:08 pm on 31 October 2007

The Chinese government has approved a proposal from the Samoan education ministry to build a second new primary school for hundreds of children living in A'ele village west of Apia.

A Chinese embassy official, Huang Taichun, says the project will be funded through a grant of about half a million US dollars.

It is expected that construction will start in March or April.

The Chinese government built a first school about seven years ago in Vaitele-uta.

Meanwhile, Chinese engineers and builders have started the construction of two multi-million dollar buildings for the Samoan government at Mulinu'u under a soft loan from China.

The new Ministry of Justice and Courts administration complex and the parliament offices will cost about 20 million US dollars.