7 Feb 2008

Producing Mitsubishi wire harnesses in Samoa continues

11:30 am on 7 February 2008

None of the two thousand workers for the biggest employer of wire harnesses in Samoa, the Yasaki Company at Vaitele, will be laid off following news of the closure of the Mitsubishi car company in Australia.

The local General Manager for Yasaki Samoa Company, Funefe'ai Oliva Va'ai, has told SBC TV the closure has very little impact as production will continue for other Mitsubishi car makers in other countries.

The news comes after the Australian Under-secretary for Pacific island Affairs Duncan Kerr's visit to Samoa last week.

He says that the bilateral relationship between the two countries is further strengthened, and a decision was made to allow the import of Yasaki wire harnesses into Australia free of duty for the next three years.