5 Oct 2016

New govt bank opens in Pago Pago

1:07 pm on 5 October 2016

American Samoa's government-owned Territorial Bank has opened in Pago Pago.

The Bank, which has been dubbed the people's bank, takes the place of the Bank of Hawaii which terminates its services in three months after a decision to pull out of the territory.

First Lady Cynthia Moliga officially opens the new government bank as others watch on

First Lady Cynthia Moliga officially opens the new government bank as others watch on Photo: RNZI / Monica Miller

The Bank of Hawaii is gifting its local buildings, equipment and manager's home to the new bank which is funded by the issuance of a 10 million dollar bond.

The new bank employs 16 people.

At the bank's launch yesterday, American Samoa's Governor Lolo Moliga thanked Bank of Hawaii officials for keeping their promise not to leave the territory until another solution had been found.

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