11 Jan 2005

US officials look at private sector boost to insular areas

2:33 pm on 11 January 2005

Federal officials in the United States says insular areas, such as American Samoa, can't expect to see any increase in federal resources as the war in Iraq goes on.

The Executive Director of the Office of Insular Affairs, Nikalao Pula, says the Department of Interior is making a push in the territories to expand their private sectors.

Mr Pula says this will help island economies to grow and also broaden the base of taxes and revenues for the government.

He says officials want open forum discussions to entice foreign investors.

Mr Pula adds they'll try to make sure the livelihoods of islanders won't change as a result of any new investment projects.