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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office Of Insular Affairs Washington, D.C.

News Release February 10, 1999


John Waihee, former Governor of Hawai‘i, has been appointed by Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior, to chair the newly-created American Samoa Economic Advisory Commission.

The high-level commission, supported by Governor Tauese Sunia and Delegate Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, will formulate a suggested policy to expand and diversify the economy of American Samoa.

The other members of the body include:

The work of the Commission will be supported by a grant from the Office of Insular Affairs, according to Allen P. Stayman, director of that office. The Commission has been given the task of developing a detailed economic policy, in consultation with Samoa’s business, community and traditional leaders, that will bring self-sufficiency to the island territory, which is currently facing an accumulated deficit in excess of $30 million.

More specifically, the Commission is to:

Governor Waihee, a Democrat, was the first indigenous Hawaiian to serve as Governor; Congressman Lagomarsino, a Republican, had been the ranking member of the House of Representatives’ subcommittee on Insular affairs; the names of Messrs. Tulafono and Pereira had been on a list of at least three suggestions made to the Secretary by the Governor, and the leaders of the Fono, respectively. The two federal officials were chosen because of their knowledge of industrial and agricultural economic development, respectively.

The Commission will met shortly to begin its work; a draft report should be submitted to the Secretary of the Interior by October 16, 1999; the final report is due no later than July 16, 2000.

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