4 Jan 2013

American Samoa and Samoa formalise land swap lease

4:20 pm on 4 January 2013

In his final act as American Samoa's governor, Togiola Tulafono has signed the lease between Samoa and American Samoa where some land near Apia will be allocated to the territory to set up an office.

In return, Governor Togiola says American Samoa will provide land in Tafuna for Samoa to build its consular office.

The Samoa government is currently leasing office space at the Methodist Church building in Fagatogo.

Governor Togiola says the arrangement will greatly benefit both Samoas.

He also announced a joint effort of the outgoing and incoming administrations to help Samoa and its recovery from tropical cyclone Evan.

He presented Samoa's head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, and the prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi a 100,000 US dollar donation.

Togiola says the donation is to assist in the rebuilding of homes, lives and families that were badly affected by the devastation of the recent cyclone.

He also added the local relief drive will continue and contributions will be sent weekly to Apia.