NEW U.S. INVESTOR PLANS TO CREATE GARMENT MANUFACTURING JOBS IN AMERICAN SAMOA

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (January 28, 1999 - PACNEWS/Samoa Post)---Three hundred new jobs would be created in American Samoa in March if plans by a garment manufacturer from California and the American Samoa government materialize.

The Samoa Post reports that the only hold up in negotiations between the two sides is finalizing the legal paperwork between the government and the now closed BCTC-Samoa garment factory, for the sale of factory equipment and dormitories that the new company plans to use.

When BCTC closed, it agreed to sell its equipment and dormitories to the government for US$ 1.3 million. The government was supposed to make a down payment within the first six months of the agreement and pay off the balance in a year.

According to the Samoa Post report, the California company -- whose identity was not disclosed -- intends to employ 300 locals but, like BCTC, will initially employ 150 Chinese workers to man the factory until the local workers can take over full production.

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