26 Jan 2016

Samoa government in talks for flea market replacement

2:59 pm on 26 January 2016

The Samoa Government is negotiating with a Chinese company to build a government building at the site of the fire-ravaged Savalalo flea market.

Fire destroys Savalalo Market In Samoa capital Apia

Fire destroys Savalalo Market In Samoa capital Apia Photo: Peta Siulepa

According to the Samoa Observer, the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, confirmed talks are underway regarding a 15-storey building.

He says the plans have been in place for years and the location is ideal.

A study some years ago put the likely cost at almost US$50 million.

In 2012, the then Finance Minister Faumuina Tiatia Liuga said more than 100 companies had expressed an interest in building a finance centre at the same site.

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