American Samoa delegation set to lobby for PIF membership
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As an American Samoa delegation prepares to meet with several representatives of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Secretariat, the Lemanu- Talauega administration focuses on regional cooperation in addressing pressing issues.
American Samoa has held Observer status at PIF since 2011, and since taking office in 2020, Gov. Lemanu P.S. Mauga has lobbied to be an official Associate Member, signifying the territory’s commitment to deeper engagement and collaboration with all of Pasefika.
“Becoming an Associate Member of the Pacific Island Forum represents a milestone in our ongoing efforts to strengthen ties with our Pacific brothers and sisters. We believe that close collaboration within the region will not only bring mutual benefits but also promote sustainable development and resilience in our communities,” Governor Lemanu said in a press release issued by ASG.
The following people are members of the delegation, which will travel to Fiji for the meeting:
• Chief of Staff Loa Tuimavave T. Laupola, Office of the Governor
• Director Lefega Faamao Asalele, ASEPA
• Director Taotasi Archie Soliai, DMWR
• Dr. Elisapeta Lauvao, Department of Public Health
• CEO Wallon Young, ASPA
• Tapaau Dr. Dan Aga, AS Political Matters
• Deputy Chief Legal Counsel Terry VanEaton
• Three member support staff