24 Aug 2009

American Samoa's governor stresses differences with CNMI over wages issue

10:13 am on 24 August 2009

American Samoa's governor Togiola Tulafono has urged local residents to tell the U.S. Government Accountability Office team not to compare American Samoa to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The team is in American Samoa to study the impact of the federally mandated minimum wages increases on the two territories.

In his weekly radio address, Togiola said he has informed the Accountability team that American Samoa's economy, which is dependent mostly on the canneries, is very different to the CNMI's.

Togiola said CNMI is much closer to Asian countries with a big tourist market, but not American Samoa, whose tourism industry is not fully developed.