Samoa Talks Summit slated for end of November
The Samoa Talks Summit is now scheduled to be held on November 28, 2013 in Samoa, following a meeting between government officials from American Samoa and Samoa last week.
The delegation from American Samoa, led by Chief Election Officer Tuaolo Vaivao Manaia Fruean, included Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop, DHR Director Sonny Thompson, DOC Director Keniseli Lafaele and ASTCA Executive Director Moefaauo Bill Emmsley.
Ms Jessop in response to Samoa News queries stated their first meeting was with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. This was followed by meetings with Samoa Shipping Corporation, the Port Authority, the Ministry of Revenue, the Bureau of Statistics, the Scientific Research Organization of Samoa, the Airport Authority and lastly, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Jessop said, “it was with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that we discussed issues relating to immigration and immigration entry permits fees. All in all, the Samoa Government was a wonderful host and our meetings were productive and informative.”
“The primary issues of discussion are Economic Development and Immigration. We are looking at ways to collaborate with the Samoa Government for both of our governments’ benefits,” said Jessop.
Earlier this year in August, Governor Lolo M. Moliga said that since taking office, his administration has had enough time to assess the status of the government and they are now in a better position to engage in discussions with Samoa’s leaders.
Samoa News understands that some of the key items on the table for discussion include immigration issues, collaboration on communications (cable), finding ways to enhance trade between the two Samoas, and locating a site in Apia for the local government to set up its office, and vice versa.
In addition, all the issues discussed during the last Summit will be revisited, as those who represented the territory at the time were from the previous administration.