12 May 2007

Pacific leaders support American Samoa Congressman's legislation on USAID

9:10 am on 12 May 2007

Pacific Island leaders in Washington are supportive of American Samoa Congressman Faleomavaega Eni's legislation that would mandate the return of the United States Agency for International Development or USAID to the Pacific.

The leaders were in Washington for the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders meeting.

Economic development, security, trade, aid and fisheries, as well as the desire of island leaders to see an expansion of public diplomacy programs were canvassed during a roundtable discussion chaired by the Congressman.

Faleomavaega's legislation, which seeks to provide technical and other assistance to countries in the Pacific region through the United States Agency for International Development, has been referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

The leaders also expressed their appreciation for his South Pacific Scholarship Program.