Give priority to local businesses

Dear Editor,

I read the recent articles about the Samoa Business Network mission to Samoa supported by the Government of Samoa. 

I managed to get along to the business day and hear from the speaker and companies from NZ, Australia and American Samoa. 

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It was good to hear of their success and business expansions, but I also question why the Government would support missions like this where the end outcome they have is to set up business in Samoa. 

I would understand if they are businesses not already here but some of them are plumbing, civil engineering, accounting and business services, a clothing company - by them setting up in Samoa that takes away business from already established businesses, I know we would probably lose some clients to those new businesses. 

I think the Government should support and look at helping Samoa companies and businesses before helping overseas Samoa businesses come back to take our business away.

Help us not kill us - faiaku ai fo’i.

 

Matty A.R.

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