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Lawmakers reconvene next week — gov’s nominations among issues

The Fono reconvenes on Monday following a two-week recess, and among the issues to be tackled are the governor’s nomination to cabinet posts, which includes the nomination sent last week to the Senate on the appointment of Ruth Matagi-Fa’atili as president of the Development Bank of American Samoa, where she has worked since 2003.


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga in his nomination says Matagi-Fa’atili has overseen loan officers and building inspectors charged with providing investment opportunities and promoting private enterprise at the bank.


Matagi-Fa’atili’s experience in managing disbursement, underwriting mortgages and business loans, as well as her regulatory expertise qualify her as DBAS president, Lolo said, adding he has confidence in the ability of the nominee to head the bank and urged lawmakers for their approval.


Matagi-Fa’atili, whose nomination is subject only to Senate confirmation holds a Bachelor degree in finance from the University of Phoenix and a Masters in Public Administration & Human Resources from San Diego State University.


Prior to joining the DBAS, Matagi-Fa’atili worked for the Bank of Hawai’i branch in Kapolei, on the island of Oahu, Hawai’i.


Other cabinet nominations to be considered by both the Senate and House is Jonathan Fanene, as director of the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs, as well as the seven members to the ASG Employees Retirement Fund Board of Trustees. These nominations have already been introduced in both chambers.