18 Oct 2004

American Samoan governor wants more checks on foreigners

4:18 pm on 18 October 2004

The governor of American Samoa has been putting forward suggestions to monitor what has been seen as an influx of foreigners.

During a pre-election forum, Governor Togiola Tulafono told the audience that the administration had been studying how to deal with the situation for some time.

He said often is was difficult to track ownership as licenses were issued to American Samoans, but the businesses were then handed over to outsiders.

Togiola said they were now considering introducing changes to the law

"What are we are we going to do about it? We are drafting legislation that will define current ownership of business that will include those that are run by and mostly invested in by foreigners versus locally ..that is strictly run and owned by local citizens, I think and I'm confident that that is the only way we're going to curb this problem."

American Samoa's Governor, Togiola Tulafono