9 Nov 2010

Clinton outlines US assistance for American Samoa

2:56 pm on 9 November 2010

The U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, says the Obama administration is committed to working with local leaders in American Samoa on a number of issues.

Mrs Clinton, who made a brief visit to the territory last night , says the administration has committed to provide more than 200 million US dollars under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Mrs Clinton says 91 million US dollars will go towards a fiber network that will connect the islands with broadband internet.

She added that funding will also be provided for education, nutrition and wastewater treatment projects.

Secretary Clinton says the funding for renewable energy sources presents opportunities for American Samoa.

"This is a particular opportunity for investment in clean and renewable energy sources including wind, solar, wave and ocean thermal energy conversion power. I know that the islands currently import 100 percent of your energy requirements mainly petroleum, these high energy costs born by a small population make renewable energy a very attractive option."

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.