18 Dec 2014

Tonga and American Samoa sign deal

10:34 am on 18 December 2014

A Tonga government owned vessel will begin making regular trips to American Samoa bringing cargo to and from the island kingdom.

The Niuvakai is scheduled to arrive in the territory this Friday to begin its regular trips to the territory.

It will deliver agricultural produce from Tonga for Samoa and American Samoa and will take back fuel and US products to Tonga.

The Kingdom of Tonga and American Samoa trade arrangement began earlier this year with a visit from a trade delegation from Tonga.

Our correspondent says follow up discussions were held during the Small Islands Development States conference in Apia, Samoa.

American Samoa Vatia Village

American Samoa Vatia Village Photo: TORSTEN BLACKWOOD / AFP