NEW ZEALAND EYES AMERICAN SAMOA INVESTMENTS

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, May 16) - A New Zealand government representative is scheduled to meet next week with the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce to discuss possible investment opportunities available in the territory for New Zealand investors and companies.

The visit by New Zealand's Trade Commissioner, Michael Greenslade, was the result of a meeting held early this year between Chamber president David Robinson and John Adank, the former New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa. Adank has since been transferred to Wellington at the Pacific desk.

Adank "had promised to work with us at his new post by finding ways to improve trade and attract investors from New Zealand," Robinson said yesterday. "And he is helpful with giving us interested parties."

Greenslade is based in Suva, Fiji and he oversees this region (including American Samoa) as New Zealand's trade commissioner and will address Chamber members Monday afternoon at the Clarion Tradewinds hotel, Robinson said.

Greenslade will discuss with Chamber members opportunities available to New Zealand companies looking at American Samoa to set up operations and this includes a New Zealand meat processing company that has shown interest in setting up in Pago Pago.

"The meeting with Mr. Greenslade is also a good opportunity to see what New Zealand can do to help with our [economic] developments in other areas, such as tourism," said Robinson. "We also want to make it known to New Zealand that American Samoa is open to investment opportunities."

Overall, the meeting is a chance to see what other ideas and opportunities are available to explore between American Samoa and New Zealand, he added.

"The Chamber wants to do its part to assist and support Governor Togiola's on-going efforts to diversify our economy," said Robinson.

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