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DEPT. OF COMMERCE

Fuiavaili’ili Keniseli Lafaele
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Commerce Department has informed political campaign teams not only to remove their campaign signs from government property but also those posing a traffic hazard on the road, says DOC director Fuiavaili’ili Keniseli Lafaele in response to Samoa News inquiries. Asked...
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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced last week that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is now accepting applications from eligible grantees for  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) supplemental funds (EDA CARES Act...
Dept. of Commerce director Keniseli Lafaele
Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — Dept. of Commerce director Keniseli Lafaele appeared on Monday before the Fono Joint Budget Committee hearing on DOC’s FY 2020 budget proposal, which includes the Tafuna Industrial Park. Among the questions is the status of the $3.5 million that Am Samoa received from the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The cost of a 22-pound case of chicken legs saw another hike in price at the end of June, and this food item, along with minimum increases in six other food items contributed to the 0.5% increase in the local Food Index for June. This is according to the Department of...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata with U.S. Commerce Secretary, Wilbus Ross
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Economic Development Administration (EDA) has approved a $100,000 grant request from ASG Commerce Department (DOC) to develop and grow American Samoa’s economy through a broadband initiative, according to DOC director Keniseli Lafaele. In a news release,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Commerce Department has given a “harsh reality” check of American Samoa’s economic future. And that reality “is quite clear”, said DOC, pointing out that, “Should our last remaining tuna cannery close, the territory will likely experience a catastrophic economic disaster...
[l-r] Commerce Department deputy director Uili Leauanae; DOC fishery development coordinator Tamatoa Tony Langkilde; and Marine and Wildlife Resources deputy director, Selaina Vaitautolu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While the design for the government’s “Alia Tele - Super Alia” was completed about two years ago, the Commerce Department is still trying to secure funding to start building the prototype model. Each super alia is estimated to cost some $350,000, which lawmakers argue is...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Business owners who have not renewed their business licenses are to cease and desist operations until they've renewed their licenses for 2019. The deadline was this past Wednesday, Jan. 30 Additional fees will be added to any renewals issued after the deadline. According...
Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele says they are working on securing a funding source to carry out renovations for the Fale Laumei that according to Lafaele is deteriorating. He said DOC would like to see the renovations completed before the Polynesian Leaders...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa’s mid-year 2018 population, is estimated at 59,600 — a loss of 700 persons compared to July 1, 2017, according to data release yesterday by the Commerce Department’s Statistical Division. Based on DOC data, Samoa News reported last year that the 2017 mid-...

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