1 May 2017

Yasaki to go in August - Samoa PM

5:38 pm on 1 May 2017

The Samoan automotive parts company, Yasaki Samoa, is yet to tell its 670 workers when it is shutting its doors, but the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says it will happen in August.

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A senior company employee said they had not decided on the exact day to close operations because they still had overseas orders.

The official, who asked not to be named, said training was being provided to staff in areas such as driving, with 140 licences already being issued by the Land Transport Authority.

Other workers were developing skills in hospitality, printing, computing, accounting and secretarial work, with the company covering the costs.

Meanwhile the prime minister, on his weekly radio show, said a number of overseas companies had shown an interest in using the state owned facilities that have housed Yasaki for the past 25 years.

The include companies from New Zealand - one of which plans to manufacture wiring for air conditioning machinery and refrigerators.

Another New Zealand company has an interest in manufacturing beds and mattresses.

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