NEWS FROM CABINET
Small business youth incubator
The Old Pulenu’u Fale in downtown Apia is up for replacement.
Cabinet has approved a Strategic Feasibility and Facilities Report for the construction of a Small Business Youth Incubator (S.B.Y.I) to replace and permanently remove the Pulenu’u Fale.
Among the S.B.Y.F’s key mandate includes helping new and start-up businesses to progressively develop by providing services such as management training and office space.
And it’s also designed to open up opportunities for those with special needs who are innovated to start a small business enterprise.
The proposed plan is for the S.B.Y.I facility to be either a two or three-story structure complemented by a Samoan Fale for conferences and trainings.
Ample parking space including easy access for those with special needs and tenants are also included in the plan.
The new structure is estimated to cost $6.8 million and Cabinet has instructed the implementing agency, the Ministry of Women and Social Development to table the proposal before the Cabinet Development Committee to identify potential funding sources.
Forum to cost $1.1million
Cabinet has approved funding to host the 48th Pacific Forum Leaders Meeting in Apia from September 4th to the 8th 2017.
The allocated budget for the meeting is $1.1 million tala with Australia and New Zealand donating (AUS$200,000) $400,000 tala and (NZ$200,000) $345,000 respectively to assist Samoa host the event.
The annual forum will be attended by Pacific leaders and high level government officials from 19 Pacific Forum countries not including Forum Observers and Forum Dialogue Partners.
It is anticipated that 350 to 450 delegates including the regional and international media as well as non-government organisations will also be attending.
Food Supply contracts awarded
Cabinet has upheld the recommendations from the Tenders Board to award contracts to 13 companies who submitted tenders for food supplies to service the hospitals.
A total of 18 bids were evaluated by the Board which included the inspection of farms, plantation, wholesales and bakeries.
One bid however was disqualified because it was determined to be incomplete with its tender proposal. The winning bids recommended by the Tenders Board and approved by Cabinet include;
Frankie Company Ltd $71,396:00
Ah Liki Wholesale $533,879:00
Le Omeka Supplies $161,204:55
Tradepac Marketing $25,160:46
Lameko’s Mix Farming $95,451:20
Semi Ah Lam $275, 60:00
Faamatuaina A. Suifua $29,640:00
G.M. Bakery Ltd $50,050:00
Chan Mow & Co Ltd $3,172:00
Corrina Papalii $69,888:00
Samoa Meat Supplies $113,646:00
Sara Ah Hoy $122,720:00
Ricky Westerlund $230,256:00
Interim Runway Apron repaired
Cabinet has given the green light to the Tenders Board recommendation to award the Interim Runway Apron Repairs Contract to Ott Construction Co. Ltd at a cost of USD$300,098.86 including VAGST.
Three bids were submitted when the contract was advertised.
And it was reviewed by the Evaluation Committee that included representatives from the Samoa Airport Authority, the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Attorney General.
The contract is funded by the World Bank under the Samoa Aviation Investment Project.