15 Jun 2015

Plans to see more educated young people employed in American Samoa

6:47 am on 15 June 2015

The Chamber of Commerce in American Samoa says it's excited by plans that could see more young, educated and technologically-savvy people employed in the territory.

Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Pago Pago, American Samoa. Photo: AFP

An India-based company, Datamatics, plans to set up a business processing outsource operation in partnership with a local company, Aviana Technologies.

Banks, medical and insurance companies outsource some, if not all, of their back-office processes like account receivables, billing, and insurance and credit card verification.

The planned operation would process information and data that is required to remain in the United States, and processed only by US citizens.

The Chamber's chairman, David Robinson, says these are the types of jobs that American Samoa needs.

"I think the focus has always been looking at manufacturing, and processing and things like that. Well, it's not really appropriate here. We've got a lot of young, well educated, technically savvy people, and we should be looking at technology related new projects and investments, and this really fits the bill."

The chairman of American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce, David Robinson.