9 Nov 2006

Faleomavaega vies to refocus policy on Pacific

3:21 pm on 9 November 2006

American Samoa's Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, who has been re-elected to a 10th term as a non-voting delegate in the United States Congress, says he plans to shift the focus of the international community towards the Pacific region.

He won 47 percent of the votes, while Aumua Amata Coleman received 40 percent and Muavaefaatasi Ae Ae Jr. got 12 percent.

Faleomavaega says he will almost certainly be appointed chair for the International Relations Committe, and if successful, he will be promoting the Pacific region.

"I am definitely going to make our Pacific region a little more visible and the State Department is going to have to be working a little more seriously about the needs of our Pacific region, as well as the hot issues now facing us in South East Asia. 15"

Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says his goals for the territory are economic development and sustainability, particularly in the fisheries sector.