Trade and investment talks between Samoa and American Samoa this week will be a prelude to the two-Samoa talks in May.
American Samoa's Director of Commerce Keniseli Lafaele says the two days of talks in Tafuna focus on the economy.
Issues to be discussed include economic integration, opportunity for investments in both countries, and ways to ease doing buisiness..
Samoa's deputy prime minister Fonotoe Lauofo Pierre is leading Samoa's delegation which will include Samoa's ministry of commerce, labour, and industry and ministry of foreign affairs and trade CEOs and their key staff.
Also attending are representatives from Samoa's private sector and non-government organizations.
The American Samoa delegation comprises members of the two Samoa task force that was appointed by governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga last year.