7 May 2009

American Samoa Chamber calls for both public and private sector to work together

11:58 am on 7 May 2009

The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce is calling for both the public and private sector to work on an expedited economic development plan to cushion the drastic impact on American Samoa when COS Samoa Packing closes at the end of September.

Chamber president David Robinson says serious action is needed to address the gap to be left behind in both the economy and employment when Samoa Packing leaves.

He suggests expediting the establishment of call centers in American Samoa as well as any other industry that can be developed and in place within the next few months.

Mr Robinson says he's concerned about the impact the cannery's closure will have on local businesses that caters to the company, with many layoffs likely to contribute to social problems in the Territory.