1 Jun 2006

American Samoa canneries may get help

8:09 am on 1 June 2006

The American Samoa Senate has recommend that the Attorney General work with the canneries to prepare and introduce legislation for a new immigration law or an amended version of the existing law.

The Senate says the law should target foreigners who are already living in American Samoa.

It is also recommended that the government re-examine the Tax Moratorium Incentive Scheme basing exemption on wages paid and amount of investment.

In a report to the Governor Togiola Tulafono, the Senators say the wage credit awarded could be placed at a higher bracket if the employee is American Samoan.

The report followed a Senate hearing two weeks ago, in which cannery officials testified as to the problems they faced in recruiting workers.