18 Jun 2015

American Samoa to get federal boost

12:07 pm on 18 June 2015

American Samoa could be looking at increased federal assistance under a new programme called 'Strong Cities, Strong Communities'.

The territory has been chosen as one of 50 communities across the United States for the programme which aims to bring together federal agencies to make a visible difference.

American Samoa is the only territory chosen.

A US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Jared Blumenfeld, says the announcement is good news for American Samoa.

"We're going to continue to ring together the 10 or 12 federal agencies on island. We're going to provide technical assistance looking at all the different things we can do to leverage additional funding. Part of the reason we picked American Samoa was the incredible track record of what has already been done."

Mr Blumenfeld also announced a 65-thousand US dollars worth of grants to improved access to clean drinking water and to support renewable energy efforts.