21 Sep 2007

Wide ranging talks between the two Samoas start tomorrow

9:36 am on 21 September 2007

The two Samoan governments annual talks to be held in Apia tomorrow are expected to discuss issues such as trade, immigration, border control, and the proposed inter-island optic fibre link.

The office of the Prime Minister in a statement says the annual dialogue between the two governments serves to review progress, raise and discuss issues of mutual interest and concerns between the Samoas.

American Samoa's Governor, Togiola Tulafono, and his 14 member delegation comprised of department directors and senior government officials of the Territory will arrive in Apia today.

Samoa's delegation at the one day talks will include all Cabinet Ministers and chief executives of government ministries and corporations.

Started in the mid-1960s, the talks were revived in 1999 by Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi and the late American Samoa Governor, Tauese Sunia.