The Government of Samoa has allocated US$11 million for the Pacific Games that Samoa will host in July 2019.
2018/19 National Budget has been tabled by the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, in Samoa Parliament this week, Samoa Observer reports.
“This is a significant amount which would have been available for education, health and even infrastructure if it weren’t for the Pacific Games. But the Government has made the decision to host the Games which hopefully will lift the performance of our athletes. It is also expected the Games will contribute positively to G.D.P. as a significant amount of resources will be directed at infrastructure development in preparation for the Games,” the Minister of Finance stated.