19 Jun 2013

American Samoa assesses swapped land in Tonga and Samoa

4:07 pm on 19 June 2013

An American Samoa delegation assessing the territorial government land in Tonga will also be conducting an assessment of land in Apia set aside by the Samoa government.

The three-member delegation, which includes two cabinet directors, left for Nuku'alofa to look at the land size, logistics, requirements, permissible use, and other specifics of the territory's land in Tonga.

The governor's spokesman Joseph Pereira says it is governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga's intention to invite local businesses who might be interested to work with local businesses in Tonga and Samoa, for which these parcels of land could be used.

The land in Tonga is the result of a 1986 land exchange deal between American Samoa and Tonga, while the land in Samoa was an exchange done last year.