Photos reveals new look S.N.P.F. Plaza in Savai'i

A photo of the soon-to-be Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.) state-of-the-art office complex in Savai'i has surfaced publicly.

It was uploaded by the Schwartz Construction Company, who was awarded the building contract by Cabinet, on their Facebook page on Monday. The building is a two-storey fancy looking office.

Located at Salelologa near the market, the T$7,806,698 project commenced its construction works in May this year. 

At the time, the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, said at the groundbreaking ceremony that the need for the S.N.P.F to have a Savai'i office is critical.

"The Samoa National Provident Fund was established some 48 years ago in 1972 when the Government saw the need for our people to have an avenue to save money for retirement," he said.

The Fund, according to Tuilaepa, has grown from humble beginnings to what it is today, which is a Provident Fund with assets exceeding T$815 million.

"However, there has been one thing that has been missing all along and that is the fact that S.N.P.F. has never, in its long history, owned an office of its own in Savai'i," he added.

"That is why, with Cabinet’s blessing, the Fund will be building a state-of-the-art office complex on this very land where we are gathering this morning."

Tuilaepa went on to say that once the work is completed, S.N.P.F will be "better equipped to serve our people in Savaii with their member contribution payments, withdrawals, loans’ applications and assist our senior citizens with their pensions and other benefits."

The construction work is expected to be completed by January 2021. 

The Samoa Observer contacted the Schwartz Construction for a comment, but they referred it to the Chief Executive Officer for S.N.P.F. 

The C.E.O of S.N.P.F., Pauli Prince Suhren was contacted via email about an update of the project and the photo that was circulated on facebook. 

Pauli responded asking for the photo that the Samoa Observer was "referring" to, to be sent back to him. 

This was done. No response had been received before press time.

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