Local businesses have been told to learn a thing or two from Chinese businesses in order for them to grow.
The challenge came from the Minister of Commerce Industry and Labour, Lautafi Fio Purcell when he launched the Strategic Plan for the Businesses of Salafai Association at Salelologa.
The Minister said local business owners should not loathe the Chinese business owners but rather they should observe how they operate their businesses.
“There are methods that these Chinese businesses are using that we should learn from,” he said.
“Have you ever wondered why they succeed with what they do? The challenge for us is that we should not look at them as a threat to us. Let’s not look at them with a negative perspective.
“Let’s look at the brighter side of things and the positive work that they do in Samoa.
“The big question that we need to ask is why is it that when a Chinese man sets up a business, it quickly grows after a few months.
“Most of them start with small retail shops then it grows from there.”
The Minister said Samoa can learn a lot from the Chinese.
“That’s my challenge to all of you.
“We need to look at things positively and not hate on our brothers and sisters. Not only Chinese business owners but also other foreigners who have moved to Samoa and started their own businesses.”
Lautafi also revealed plans about developing Savai’i.
“I have been tasked with the role of developing the town here in Savai’i. The government gave me their trust to develop and look into this project.
“It is my hope that there will be a new look for our town in the next three to four years.
“And I made a vow to pursue this plan and walk the talk so that we don’t have to go to Upolu anymore. We’ve heard the saying that what’s good for Upolu is also good for Savai’i, but still that’s not what’s happening.
“So we want to make sure that we can be able to find all the things that are offered in Upolu here in Savaii.”
Lautafi said he has the support of the Minister of Works, Transports and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang as well as other Cabinet Ministers.
“The plan is that they will help set up electricity and water quickly for every new business that is confirmed to be established in our new town here at Salelologa.”
But Lautafi urged he will need the help from businesses in Savai’i, especially B.O.S.A’s membership.
“We need your help. I challenge you all to work as a team and in unity. I also challenge you all to learn from one another.“If we can all do that, walk together hand in hand, I believe we will do great things.”