Samoa PM optimistic about servicing foreign debt

Samoa‘s prime minister has insisted his government is able to service its growing foreign debt, despite warnings from institutions including the Asian Development Bank.

Samoa PM and Police Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegoai Photo: RNZ Pacific /Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

In a recent report, the ADB said Samoa had 149 soft loan agreements worth more than $US136 million.

But Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Salielegaoi said Samoa is able to service these debts.

He told TV1 that the loans were funding essential infrastructure, and if the government listened to all the reports, there would be no roads, airports or hospitals.

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