20 Jun 2013

American Samoa's governor keen for development on Manu'a

4:43 am on 20 June 2013

The American Samoa governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga has directed his staff to explore possible economic development projects for the territory's Manu'a island group.

The governor wants his staff to study ideas such as water bottling, chip processing, smoked and dried fish processing, a slaughterhouse, ice making, a bakery and eco-tourism.

Spokesman, Joseph Pereira, says Lolo's vision is for government to collaborate with private business people and then withdraw once the operation is running smoothly.

He says the governor is taking bold steps to initiate economic activities in the under developed Manu'a group.

Five government entities, including the Development Bank of American Samoa, will work with private individuals and businesses on the development of potential businesses.