March 25, 1999
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. ---- AMERICAN SAMOA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
HOLDS FIRST MEETING IN WASHINGTON, DC
Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that the American Samoa Economic Advisory Commission held its first meeting in Washington, D.C. and is off to an energetic start. The Commission was established by Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, and is tasked with making recommendations to the Federal government, the U.S. Congress, and the American Samoa Government on steps to improve the economy in American Samoa. The Commission has been authorized $600,000 over two years.
"I would like to thank Secretary Babbitt and Allen Stayman for their support in establishing this commission," said Faleomavaega. "I would also like to thank Governor Waihe'e, Congressman Robert Lagomarsino and the other members of the Commission for their willingness to devote the considerable amount of time which will be necessary to produce meaningful recommendations for American Samoa's economic development."
The Congressman continued, "I appreciate the participation of Lieutenant Governor Togiola Tulafono and the blessing of Governor Tauese Sunia in this endeavor and I look forward to working with the Commission to move the territory towards greater economic sufficiency."
The Commission has tentatively scheduled the following meetings: Fall 1999 Hawaii and American Samoa Spring 2000 Los Angeles, California Fall 2000 Hawaii and American Samoa Spring 2001 Washington, DC
"Other members of the Commission are from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Economic Development Administration, and have many years of experience in the economic development of rural economies. Mr. Joseph Pereira rounds out the commission, and brings with him years of experience in the development of American Samoa. I am optimistic that with the talent this Commission brings together we will be able to formulate a practical plan which will improve our economy," concluded Faleomavaega.