11 Jul 2017

Samoa village lifts ban on economic development

3:02 pm on 11 July 2017

The village council of Afega in Samoa has announced its lifting a ban on the development of its land for economic benefit.

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The ban, which prevented people from running a shop or constructing a multi storey house, was put in place years ago by village matais who did not want to lease out their lands to businesses.

However, village council member, Taliaoa Viliamu, told a local radio station that the current village council wanted to create business opportunities for the people of Afega.

Mr Viliamu said a few matais opposed the lifting of the ban initially but they now support the decision after several meetings.

The ban will be officially lifted after a church service at the end of the month.