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Inter Samoa talks resume Monday after 5-year interval

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Gov. Togiola Tulafono and Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi accompanied by their government and private sector representatives, will meet Monday for the 2012 Inter Samoa Talks, which was first established several years ago to improve the relationship between the two Samoas on issues such as health, telecommunications, customs and utilities.

The venue for the talks is now the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center instead of the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium, as previously announced.

The talks will start at around 8am with prayers and special remarks from Togiola and Tuilaepa, who is arriving tomorrow with the Samoa delegation on board a Samoa government vessel.

The first session of the meeting — A Way Forward: Intergovernmental Alliances for Economic Prosperity — will begin at 8:30am to 10am and discussions will center on “governing stronger ties” between the two Samoas for economic prosperity, according to a draft schedule of the meeting.

The last meeting of the two Samoas was held in Apia in 2007 and the “proposed priorities” from that meeting will be taken up this year to discuss how to move them forward. The draft schedule didn’t provide what the specific “proposed priorities” are.

For the Second Session — Fostering Economic Partnerships — there will be a presentation of “Scoping Study on Enhancing Economic Integration” by Samoa.

American Samoa’s presentation is on grant application on Economic Integration, Investment Guidelines & Opportunities. Following afterwards are additional discussions on the next step to be taken up by the two sides on issues raised in the meeting.

The official agenda is expected to be finalized by today. The news media will be invited to the opening program on Monday, however the sessions that follow are closed. A press conference is planned for Monday, Oct. 8, at 2pm.



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