AMERICAN SAMOA CONSIDERING TWO LOCAL FOOD PROCESSING PLANTS

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 1, 1997 - Samoa News)---Two local investors are interested in setting up food processing plants in American Samoa.

One of the investors wants to establish a seafood processing facility, specializing in dried and smoked marine products, while the other plans development of a sausage making plant.

Research conducted by the Department of Commerce found that there is a ready and large multi-million dollar export market in the region for both products and has asked both investors, who are American Samoans, to submit business plans. The agency then will help both entrepreneurs obtain appropriate government assistance to help establish the necessary processing facilities.

"The proposed new industries are part of the government's renewed effort to provide new employment and boost small business development in American Samoa," said the Economic Development Practitioner with the Department of Commerce, Rene Clemens. "We want to help the small Samoan businessman take the plunge and go into business."

The Department of Commerce wants to promote a "micro-businesses concept" in which the American Samoa Government helps Samoan entrepreneurs --especially those interested in light manufacturing and export-- start out on the right foot.

Stories from the SAMOA NEWS, American Samoa's daily newspaper, may not be republished without permission. To contact the publisher, send e-mail to >samoanews@samoatelco.com

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