AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNOR TO ATTEND PACIFIC ISLANDS CONFERENCE OF LEADERS

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MEETING, SPORTS BANQUET IN HAWAI‘I

By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (January 24, 2001 - PIDP/CPIS)---Governor Tauese Sunia left the territory last Friday night on his first official trip off-island since being sworn into office on January 3rd for his second and final term.

Tauese was headed for Los Angeles, via Honolulu, to attend the annual Western Governors Association (WGA) Conference. After the WGA meeting, Tauese will make a stop in Honolulu on his way back home to attend the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders meeting at Hawai‘i’s East-West Center.

This, the 6th leaders’ meeting, will take place January 30-31 under the theme "In An Era Of Globalization: How Do We Care For And Share With Others?"

Issues to be considered at the meeting include tensions between global and local cultural values, enhancing development efforts, managing the requirements of globalization, taking advantage of new information technology opportunities and governance in an era of globalization.

After the PICL meeting, on February 3, Tauese will attend the 6th Annual Samoa International Sports Award banquet, at which he will be the keynote speaker. The annual banquet honors Samoan athletes from around the world.

Sponsored by TV-Samoa (Hawai‘i) and Samoa International Media (Hawai‘i), this year's event will be held at the Polynesian Culture Center in La‘ie, Oahu island, to honor this year's best college and high school football players of Samoan ancestry in high schools and colleges in the U.S. and American Samoa.

The Governor, accompanied by his wife, is expected to return to the territory on February 5th. In his absence, Lt. Governor Togiola Tulafono will be Acting Governor.

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