22 Sep 2009

American Samoa lawmakers to be briefed about cannery purchase plan

3:18 pm on 22 September 2009

American Samoa's governor, Togiola Tulafono, has reportedly submitted to the Fono for approval an appropriation bill of about 4.5 million US dollars to fund the government's offer to purchase COS Samoa Packing cannery facility and its assets.

Fono sources say the measure was submitted late this afternoon to the legislature, with the funding to come from an off-island account.

Our cosrrespondent says the proposal is expected to be introduced tomorrow in both the Senate and the House.

Meanwhile, Togiola is scheduled to speak to the legislature in two days about the government plans to purchase Samoa Packing, which is scheduled to be closed down on September the 30th.