Games puts Samoa into debt

Games puts Samoa into debt

Games puts Samoa into debt

Updated 19 December 2011, 13:56 AEDT

Samoa's deputy prime minister Misa Telefoni has admitted that the country is in debt because of the new infrastructure built for the South Pacific Games The overall cost of the Games is reportedly around $US92 million with much spent on replacement roads and bridges.

However, Misa Telefoni says he is not too concerned about the mounting debt because most of the new infrastructure will be valuable to Samoa in the long term

To date five countries say they will vie for the right to host the 2015 Pacific Games.

Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga and American Samoa have shown interest during the Pacific Games Council meeting in Apia, Samoa.

Bids will be heard during the Pacific Mini Games in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, in 2009.