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ASG delegation heads to Tuvalu meeting

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa’s appointment as Chair of the 9th Polynesian Leaders Group (PLG) Summit next year is among the issues on the agenda for next week’s PLG summit hosted this year by Tuvalu from June 25-29, under the theme, “Protect the Pacific - Polynesian Connection”.

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is heading the American Samoa delegation en route to Tuvalu.

According to the preliminary agenda for the Tuvalu summit, among the issues of discussion is the appointment of American Samoa as chair of the 9th PLG Summit next year and deliberation on the venue for the summit.

The governor during last year’s summit in Samoa, submitted a request and received the PLG leaders’ endorsement to host the 9th PLG Summit in 2019.

Other agenda issues include: Climate Change and Oceans; Tourism and Regional Aviation; and Connectivity, infrastructure, Innovations, ICT (information and communications technology) and Transport. Sustainable development goals and PLG are also on the agenda for discussions.

Regional Aviation for the South Pacific has been a long standing issue of discussions by various groups and organizations, with the goal is make it easy for islanders within the region. There had also been talks in the past for a regional airline supported by all countries and territories in the region.

The PLG leaders will also take up at the Tuvalu summit the appointment of new PLG members: Aoteora New Zealand, Hawai’i and Rapanui.

Tuvalu hosting the summit comes three months after its government opened a new terminal at the Funafuti International Airport.