Governor Lemanu Palepoi Mauga is in the Country for the bi-annual Atoa o Samoa Executive meeting that is scheduled for this Thursday and Friday.
The following is the tentative program for the American Samoa delegation this week:
Today the American Samoa delegations are scheduled to meet with their respective counterparts as planned by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, followed by site visits to form the basis of agencies reporting to the Atoa o Samoa Executive meeting.
On Thursday, October 13th, the Second Atoa o Samoa Executive Meeting will officially open with the Guard of Honor in the front lawn of the Government Building at 7:30 am.
Immediately following will be the prayer service, and the opening remarks by both Co-Chairs Governor Lemanu and Fiame Naomi Mataafa. To conclude the official opening ceremony is the traditional fa’aloaloaga.
Soon after, delegations, observers and special guests will then travel to Taumeasina Island Resort for the bilateral meeting.
On Friday, October 14th will be the closing of the bilateral discussions between agencies and line ministries of the two Samoas.
During the First Atoa o Samoa Executive Meeting, the two Samoas held discussions at the ASCC Multipurpose Center, American Samoa on the 28th of July on issues of mutual importance.
Key issues that were discussed are as follows: Health, Economy, Education, Information and Communication Technology, Immigration, Agriculture and Fisheries, Finance, Environment, Climate, Weather & Geoscience, Transport between the two Samoas, Public Works matters, and Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Other issues/matters discussed were cultural preservation of language and literacy, and Land Swap Agreement. These matters will be on the agenda for the second executive session.