Cabinet approves inter Samoa talks trip to American Samoa


Cabinet members will travel to American Samoa this week for the inter-island Samoa Talks some five years after it was suspended. 

This was confirmed by Minister of Public Enterprises Leatinuu Wayne So’oialo in response to questions from Radio Polynesia. 

“Cabinet already approved the trip yesterday, however waiting for entry permits from American Samoa,” he said. 

The talks started in 1983, with the purpose to discuss issues and provide solutions that will better serve the people of Samoa and American Samoa. 

In May this year, the Samoa Government confirmed the talks between the two Samoas are back on the agenda during discussions between American Samoa Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, Lt Governor Talauega Eleasalo Ale, and Consul General of Samoa, Fata Brian Kaio.

A press release from the Samoa Government said the discussions focused on the resumption of the Two Samoa Talks in an attempt to increase the level of cooperation in development areas namely agriculture, labor mobility, trade, and services amongst others, said the release.