Am Samoa Commerce Director: Poor Internet Hampering American Samoa's Growth

Potential limiting agent on IT job creation

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, January 28, 2017) – American Samoa's acting director of commerce says poor internet infrastructure has cost the territory jobs.

Keniseli Lafaele told the Chamber of Commerce in a presentation about the administration's economic development plans that efforts to improve economic connectivity had not tranlated to IT jobs.

He says an India-based data company had come close to setting up in Pago Pago a year ago, but cost proved to be too high a hurdle.

Mr Lafaele says internet rates in the territory are too high, but if that can be addressed, the IT industry could be a gamechanger for the country's struggling economy.

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