New Chinese company seeks Samoa exclusive


A second Chinese company has proposed building a casino resort in Samoa. The country legalized casino gambling this year under a law that limits licenses for the next 10 years to two, which were awarded to Chengdu-based Exhibition & Travel Group and one to the local Aggie Grey’s Beach Resort. However a delegation from the previously unknown Beijing Zhao Yi Li Investment Management Co escorted by Samoa’s ambassador to China requested to be given an exclusive national gambling license and asked the government to provide free land for an airport, port and hospital. The company also demanded to be allowed to bring in 30,000 workers who would be in turn be eligible for social welfare programs and equal treatment to citizens, and that all products it imports be exempted from tariff. After the company’s demands were leaked to the press, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said, “Those sorts of companies, if they can build a two-room hotel, I would be happy.