The government yesterday issued a statement in response to a story titled “Doubts in govt’s plan to lease $4.5million property.” The statement was issued by the Office of the Press Secretariat under the heading “No doubts for property lease.” The response is published below verbatim:
Government would like to clarify a media report which wrongly suggested that the Hope 4 Cancer Clinic's interests in Samoa have been dismissed.
The Hope 4 Cancer organisation has indicated that they have redesigned this project in Samoa, hence the delay.
As in all other prospects that will benefit Samoa, Government will continue to support the Hope 4 Cancer endeavour, and will remain open and committed to developments with the potential to create positive spin-offs for the country.
In reference to the Samoa Land Corporation building at Tuanaimato, which was identified as a potential site for the Hope 4 Cancer Clinic, Government has also been engaged by other parties who have shown interest in leasing the property for further development.
Government will revisit the Hope 4 Cancer Clinic's housing needs once the organisation's preparations are complete.
As Government takes a proactive stance in all development matters, any legitimate development proposals will be considered and decided upon as quickly as possible to maximise the benefits for Samoa.