Trade Fair for two Samoas set for next month in Apia
In an effort to find trading opportunities between businesses in American Samoa and Samoa, a Trade Fair is set for later next month in Apia and it's to be held parallel with the inter Samoa Talks - the first for Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga.
“The objective of the Trade Fair is to find opportunities for trade between businesses in Samoa and American Samoa as well as promoting our small businesses to the whole of Samoa,” Chamber chairman David Robinson told Samoa News last Friday.
He said the local Chamber is partnering with the Small Business Enterprise Center (SBEC) and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and “we plan to set up our own booth which Chamber members can use if they do not wish to have one booth of their own.”
Robinson said they will be inviting companies like Tri Marine International, StarKist Samoa, Bluesky Communications, Forsgrens Ltd., Cost U Less, the American Samoa Shipyard Services Authority, local shipping companies, hotels/motels, and fashion and accessories houses to join in to promote their services and products at the fair.
“We shall be signing a new Memorandum of Understanding with the SBEC and the Samoa Chamber to replace the previous one signed in 2005” between the local Chamber and the Samoa Manufactures Association, Robinson said.
A provision in the 2005 MOU calls for both sides “to progressively facilitate two-way trade between Samoa and American Samoa."
“The emphasis is working together on economic developments - such as trade, tourism, manufacturing and exporting between the two Samoas,” Robinson said of the 2005 and the new MOUs.
Last week, the Chamber sent an e-mail to its members and others in the private sector informing them of the Trade Fair planned for Nov. 28-29 in front of the Government Building in Apia with more than 100 booths from all sectors covered.
The Trade Fair would extend to a Night Market on the first night as well as a Fashion Show showcasing “our small but upcoming fashion houses,” the email states, adding that those who wish to participate will have to pay for their own travel expenses including hotel accommodation etc., while the SBEC will pay for the booths.