30 Nov 2017

American Samoa losing patience over Philippines company delay

10:37 am on 30 November 2017

January will mark two years since a groundbreaking ceremony at a site in American Samoa where Filipino company AVM Bernardo planned to build a multi-line food processing plant.

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Photo: RNZI / Monica Miller

When asked what has happened to the venture, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga said the company owner still hadn't come through.

The company promised to build the plant in the first six months of the year.

Governor Lolo said he has advised the director of commerce that if the project doesn't start before the end of the year, then it won't go ahead.

The company's owner Anthony Bernardo has made numerous trips to the territory and is reportedly looking for investors.

The company proposed to set up a plant which would employ more than 700 people making food and drinks using locally sources natural resources like fish, coconuts and fruits.

The still vacant site is near the Public works compound near the international airport at Tafuna.

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