Consolidated Acts of Samoa 2019
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UNIT TRUST OF SAMOA LOANS ACT 2013
Arrangement of Provisions
UNIT TRUST OF SAMOA LOANS ACT 2013
2013, No. 2
AN ACT to provide for the raising of loans and credits from the Unit Trust of Samoa and for related matters.
[Assent and commencement date: 25 January 2013]
BE IT ENACTED by the Legislative Assembly of Samoa in Parliament assembled as follow:
1. Short title and commencement – (1) This Act may be cited as the Unit Trust of Samoa Loans Act 2013.
(2) This Act commences on the date of assent by the Head of State.
2. Interpretation – In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:
“Government” means the Government of Samoa;
“Minister” means the Minister responsible for Finance;
“UTOS” means the Unit Trust of Samoa established under the Unit Trusts Act 2008.
3. Authority to borrow from UTOS – (1) For the purposes of section 75 of the Public Finance Management Act 2001, the Government may borrow from UTOS in accordance with an agreement to that effect between the Government and the UTOS (Loan Agreement).
(2) Despite section 78(1) of the Public Finance Management Act 2001, the sum of money that may be borrowed under subsection (1) may be determined by the Minister for Public Enterprises.
(3) The amount of the loan within the limit set by this Act, the rate of interest, the date or dates upon which the money is to be repaid, and the other terms and conditions of the loan, shall be as determined between the Government and UTOS in the Loan Agreement.
(4) The Loan Agreement shall be in the name of the Independent State of Samoa and any document required to be signed evidencing the terms of the loan may be executed by the Minister or a person authorised in writing by the Minister for Public Enterprises.
4. Implementation of obligations under agreements – (1) Despite anything contained in any other enactment, an agreement concluded between Samoa and UTOS in respect of sums borrowed by Samoa
from UTOS, and any body, promissory note, or other instrument issued pursuant to any such agreement, shall be valid and enforceable
and have full force and effect in Samoa in accordance with its terms.
(2) Without prejudice to subsection (1):
(a) no stamp duty or tax or duty shall be payable on such agreement or on any bond, promissory note, or other instrument issued pursuant to any such agreement;
(b) the principal of the loan obtained shall be repayable and the interest and other money and charges thereon shall be payable without deduction for and free from liability for income tax or any other tax, and free from any currency or exchange control restrictions.
5. Statutory expenditure – All money received by the Government under the Loan Agreement shall be paid into such special purpose account as may be agreed between the Government and UTOS and such money shall only be expended for the purposes for which it was borrowed and shall be charged to that account and shall be statutory expenditure.
6. Arbitration – If any dispute between UTOS and the Government arises under an agreement concluded in the exercise of the powers conferred by this Act or under any bond, promissory note, or instrument issued pursuant to any such agreement, it shall be determined by arbitration in the manner provided in the General Conditions applicable to the Loan Agreement that is the subject of the dispute, notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary.
REVISION NOTES 2013 – 2019
This is the official version of this Act as at 31 December 2019.
This Act has been revised by the Legislative Drafting Division in 2013 –2019 respectively under the authority of the Attorney General given under the Revision and Publication of Laws Act 2008.
The following amendments were made to this Act since its enactment:
By the Public Bodies (Performance and Accountability) Amendment Act 2015, commenced on 25 April 2014 and as such has retrospective effect:
sections 3(2) & (4) after “Minister” insert “for Public Enterprises”.
This Act is administered by
the Ministry of Finance.