Private hospital gets Govt. down payment

More than half a million tala has been allocated by the Samoan Government as the final payment for Medcen Hospital. 

A total of $534,250 will be paid to the Development Bank of Samoa in order for the Government to take over the hospital as a “permanent asset”. 

The proposed payment was highlighted in a report by the Parliament Committee on the First Supplementary Estimates for 2018-2019, which was approved last week. 

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The multi-million-tala hospital at Vailima has been on the market for three to four years. 

In March last year the facility was advertised by the Land Board through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE). This is unlike in previous years when the Development Bank of Samoa marketed the sale. 

“Expression of Interest from interested investors and or parties – to express interest to develop and or invest on the lease of 2 1.2 acre of land – with an area of 10,222 square meters bearing legal description Lot 2180 plan 6029 and the exiting building, previously used for the Medcen Hospital,” the notice reads.

“The property is located in close proximity to our National health center, regional organisation offices (South Pacific Regional Environment Programme), schools, embassies of different countries, government ministries outlet (M.N.R.E./M.A.F.), tourist sites, and town area which not only enhances but also enriches the value added opportunities for any investment venture to foster and nurture in this area.”

Interested individuals or organisations that are interested in the facility have been asked to submit an expression of interest letter with evidence that they have the capacity to enter into contracts for the development of the old Medcen building. 

“They have financial resources in support of its proposal to develop, utilise and invest on a 21.2 acre of land and building there on.”

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