Government plans for a major I.C.T. infrastructure project to commence later this year at the Apia Wharf, is now suspended.
Chamber was informed by Government of this update.
This information was then made known at the Private Sector Wharf Stakeholders meeting facilitated by the Samoa Chamber of Commerce, last Friday.
Prior to this, concerns were raised from the private sector as the project required wharf block outs in the months of August and October 2017, causing disruptions and wharf congestion affecting local businesses.
The Chamber had held discussions amongst shipping lines, shipping agents, importers and exporters to address these concerns.
It was understood and supported amongst stakeholders that the intended I.C.T. infrastructure project was beneficial for Samoa’s economy, as well as contributing to the Government’s vision for Samoa as a hub for I.C.T. in the Pacific.
Accordingly, discussions and planning saw a collaborative effort from shipping parties, importers and exporters of how best to ensure that the impact would be minimised, as well as ensuring that the commencement and completion of the intended project would run smoothly.
The Chamber and its members continue to support our Government’s I.C.T. vision, through such collaborative efforts.