27 Oct 2008

Re-elected Swains delegate says link upgrades expected

2:36 pm on 27 October 2008

Swains Island lawmaker Alexander Jennings, who was re-elected on Friday to another two-year term to the American Samoan House of Representatives, says the soon to be completed communications building on Swains Island will bring modern technology including internet service to the remote atoll.

Speaking to about 50 Swains Islanders, Mr Jennings has also pointed to a number of changes during his last four years in office which includes the eradication of wild pigs and a pilot trade project with Tokelau.

He says trade with Tokelau is important not only to Swains, which will result in an increase in shipping service, but also for American Samoa.

Mr Jennings says Swains could become a central post of trading U.S. goods from the territory's main island of Tutuila with Tokelau.

He says he is also encouraged by the support of Governor Togiola Tulafono to move forward with this possible trade idea with Tokelau as an important

economic development.