Samoan mayor not consulted about casino plans

The mayor of Mulivaitoa Safata said that no one from Exhibition Tourism Group, the Chinese company proposing to build a casino and resort in his village, has yet approached him about their plans.  Tafa Aukisitino expressed surprise that plans appeared to be so well advanced as he had not been approached and no negotiations had taken place. He and other villagers learned about the project from a television report.  However, he was supportive of and excited by the proposed project and the jobs it would bring to families in the area.