Price Control Board tasked to investigate the increase in prices of goods


The skyrocketing on prices of goods in the country have now come under the microscope of the Price Control Board. 

Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa in her recent press conference confirmed the task given to the Price Control Board to investigate the prices of goods in local retail including a case of chicken which is more than $100 tala. 

The Price Control Board was recently reinstated by the current government one of their first course of action taken when they took office last year. 

Fiame made the announcement following complaints about the rise in the cost of living in the Country. 

The Prime Minister also pointed out the Government has no control over the cost of imported goods and hopes the business community are not using the Post COVID-19 recovery to take advantage of local prices.

The Prime Minister also outlined contributing issues which include the increased costs by overseas companies also the increase in freight charges due to world petroleum prices as a result of the conflict in Russia and that Samoa is not immune to these challenges

A case of Chicken in American Samoa is $16 USD which equates to $40 tala.