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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (Samoa News, Dec. 29) - The new board of the American Samoa Development Corporation (ASDC) plans to seek proposals to develop the three remaining areas of the Rainmaker Hotel near Pago Pago.

Last week, the agency issued a request for Express of Interest (EOI) inviting qualified individuals or firms to submit proposals to develop the remaining sections of the hotel, which is Wing 3, 4 and the Central Area.

The other portion of the hotel is been developed by Dateline Industries and expected to be completed early next year.

[PIR editor’s note: Dateline Industries Inc., based in Pago Pago, recently refurbished the historic Sadie Thompson Inn in Pago Pago. The company also has a long term lease on two wings of the Rainmaker Hotel.]

As of yesterday, the Development Bank of American Samoa acting president and ASDC board vice chairman Utu Abe Malae said he had not received any EOI submissions. He said ASDC, which is owned by the Development Bank, plans to issue the RFP on Monday, Jan. 9, 2006 and give bidders who responded to the EOI 30 days to respond.

According to the group's notice, the EOI is "to determine the extent of interest in developing the Rainmaker Hotel and, from there, to invite formal submissions to a Request for Proposal (RFP)," ASDC said in their notice.

"Developing" may include razing one or more structures and starting from scratch, it says.

The notice further says that if a proposer had previously submitted a proposal in the past to develop the hotel and, if 'they' are still interested, "it may affirm its interest by responding to this request."

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 4, 2006.

Utu told Samoa News last week that the board believes it is best to follow this type of procedure because it allows only the most interested and qualified offers to apply.

December 30, 2005

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