2 Sep 2003

American Territories in Pacific to ask Washington for more money

4:52 pm on 2 September 2003

Leaders from three U.S. territories in the Pacific are travelling to Washington DC this week to discuss progress on requests for federal funding.

The Governors of Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas and a representative from the U.S. Virgin Islands will attend the Inter-Agency Group for Insular Areas meeting.

A spokesman for the Governor's office in Guam, Shawn Gumataotao, says the meeting could help turn the island's struggling economy around if the federal government moves quickly on requests.

"We are looking to present issues on the insurance situation facing our island, in terms of typhoon insurance. We're also looking at issues related to the Pongsona (typhoon) disaster that affected Guam last December. As well we are looking to ask the federal government to take a close look at the situation facing grants that are distributed to the territories."

Shawn Gumataotao.