The government in American Samoa has increased its monetary contribution to the 10th
Pacific Arts Festival organizing committee.
The committee announced last year that the
government was contributing $US1.5 million to assist with preparation of the festival, which runs from July 20-Aug 2.
However, the governor has informed the Fono leadership that the government's contribution has increased by $1 million to $2.5 million.
According to the governor $1.5 million is to assist
with logistics, such as accommodation and
transportation and the extra $1 million to fund the food voucher programme to feed the expected 2,000 participants.
The government's contribution is funded under the $20 million loan it received from the government Employees Retirement Fund.