Today, the prospects for developing Saamoa as a niche market looks very promising, and the EcoTourism Development Plan currently undergoing the process of seeking the approval and support of the local government.
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Census for American Samoa. So what I'd like very much to do is to just go in the manner that I started, just as I introduced you. The Chairman.
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Betweenthere were large changes in the mix of visitors. There are also pending proposals samoa woman various diversification strategies for the Territory that will utilize local natural and human resources, lonely as a local fish processing facility, a sun and farmer's co-op, and numerous niche markets within the Tourism industry. The Visitor Industry This is american key target area for development. The canneries represent approximately 90 percent of American Samoa's private sector and for one-third of the total jobs in the territory.
Economic development is an exceedingly difficult task for nations throughout the Pacific Basin and as well as for remote, insular economies throughout the world. We could use this valuable londly to de and establish a permanent solution to the need for investment incentives in the insular areas. But for long term investment we will be unable to market to investors until a long term program is in place. The committee met, pursuant to notice, at a. That way there's a way the insular areas can forge favorable development that will assist their own economic development without asking the U.
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The plan includes a proposal to establish a semi-private Visitor's Bureau. American Samoa's Gross Domestic Product advanced at an annual rate of rate of 3. For example, American Samoa has one of the largest and best developed industrial parks in the Pacific.
We need your help to improve public services and facilities in American Samoa. Trends in world trade, specifically reductions in tariffs, are lessening the advantage of American Samoa's duty free access to the U. Data suggests that per capita income in American Samoa is only one-fifth that of the United States.
Government American Samoa faces another source of serious economic decline and that is in falling real federal expenditures. Charles W. Some of these workers, a large according to local surveys, may have been looking and available for work.
Our most serious problem is the level of per capita income, which is only one-fifth the U. Thank you very much.
Sanoa ed for 35 percent of total employment, canneries at 26 percent and the remaining 39 percent was in other areas of the private sector excluding the canneries. We have a vote at 10 this morning and then we have the Prime Minister of Italy at Thank you very much, Mr. However, the industry has experienced some recovery in recent years.
No deference, I don't mean anything to Representatives or Governors, but let's start with American Samoa.
Domenici, chairman, presiding. I also would like to point out our dedication to increasing local revenue. Directly and indirectly the canneries for more than one-half of the total jobs in the territory. Government Printing Office] S. Our largest industry, tuna canning, could be forced to reduce operations or close in the very near future.
I believe that the challenges outlined in Governor Turnbull's prepared statement amwrican submissions are real and that there is sufficient evidence to show that the Government of the Virgin Islands has made ificant fiscal progress over the course of the last seven years. OIA has also provided valuable technical assistance in improving our fiscal systems.
The canneries represent about 90 percent of American Samoa's private sector and about one-third of the total jobs in the territory.