Samoa’s expected new prime minister says a China-backed port development for the country is unrealistic, and that her approach to the economy will be based around sustainable decisions.
- Fiame Naomi Mata’afa is expected to form government on Monday
- She will be just the second female leader in the Pacific islands
- Samoa has been in political deadlock since an April 9 election
In a wide-ranging interview with the ABC, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa also said her government would keep up its pressure on Australia over climate change.
Work on a new wharf in Vaiusu Bay, dubbed a “China-funded project” by long-time prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, had been due to begin soon.
But Fiame, who is expected to form government on Monday when parliament sits, said her priorities would be elsewhere.
“We’re a small country. At the moment our ports, our airport meets the needs of a small country,” Fiame told the ABC’s Pacific Beat…