20 Mar 2013

Yap opposition to huge Chinese-funded casino project

4:25 pm on 20 March 2013

Some locals on Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia are prepared to go to court in a bid to stop a billion dollar Chinese-funded development on the island.

The Exhibition Tourism Group wants to build a 4,000 room casino and golf resort which would quadruple the island's annual economic output to 200 million US dollars.

The Yap Governor has signed an investment agreement with ETG but more land is needed for the consortium's plans.

But the leader of the group Concerned Citizens of Yap, Nicholas Figirlaarown, says the project is simply too big.

"Our forefather for this small island they been telling us to start small, start the small scale type of investment. But this new governor think this is the right way to go and we keep telling him no. And this very ETG has a problem with other parts of the world and they aren't very transparent when it comes to development."

Nicholas Figirlaarown of the group Concerned Citizens of Yap