28 Jun 2005

Samoas discuss consulate site in Pago Pago

2:05 pm on 28 June 2005

A possible land swap between American Samoa and Samoa was discussed by Governor Togiola Tulafono and officials of the Samoa Government on Friday.

The CEO of the Prime Minister's Ministry and cabinet, Auseugafa Poloma Komiti, and Assistant Chief executive of the Immigration Office, Mataafa Tomasi, were in the territory to finalize a location for Samoa's consulate office.

Auseugafa said Governor Togiola has been very supportive of the idea of a land swap but Samoa's first priority is to secure a location for its consulate office.

He said the governor offered space in the Executive Office Building for the consulate office however the space was too small.

Another alternative suggested by the governor was space in the Veterans Affairs Building next to the EOB in Utulei.

Auseugafa said that the consulate Office needs to be close to the inter island dock and the top location being considered is the Methodist Building across from the main dock.

Assistant chief Immigration officer, Mataafa Tomasi, will head the Samoa consulate which Auseugafa says will be opened in three weeks.