13 Jun 2011

Samoa MP calls for single currency for the Pacific

4:32 am on 13 June 2011

A Samoan opposition MP is calling for the government to push for a common currency for the Pacific.

A Tautua Samoa Party MP, Motuopua'a Dr Aisoli Va'ai, raised the issue in Parliament during the debate on the bill switching the dateline.

The deputy Prime Minister has indicated the Government would look into it.

Dr Va'ai, says the aim of the dateline switch is to make it easier to do business, and a common currency would faciliate that.

"I think it would be much more convenient if it was trading with one currency. There are Pacific currencies using the New Zealand currency, like Niue, Cook Islands, Tokelau. And you have other countries like Tuvalu and Kiribati who are using the Australian dollar."

Motuopua'a Dr Aisoli Va'ai says a single currency would mean everyone in trade negotiations would be speaking the same language.