17 Feb 2012

Tokelau drought boosts Samoa exports

3:00 pm on 17 February 2012

The drought in Tokelau late last year has given a lift to Samoa's export sector.

Figures from the Central Bank show exports reached a rare high in November last year, partly because of the demand in Tokelau for foods such as breadfruit and coconuts.

The general manager of the Tokelau office in Apia, Jo Suveinakama, says those foods were damaged by the prolonged water shortage in the latter part of last year.

He says water and building materials for two schools and a hospital were also imported from Samoa.

In total, Samoa's November export receipts reached nearly two million US dollars, the highest monthly level since July 2007.