Revival Planned for American Samoa’s Manu’a Islands

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Radio New Zealand International

A review of American Samoa’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy will include recommendations on possible business ventures for Manu’a, not only to create jobs but attract Manuans back to the islands.

Businessman Lewis Wolman is contracted with economist Malcolm McPhee to update the Strategy.

Mr Wolman says tourism, fishing, agriculture and the broadband link, called BLAST, all hold promise of greater economic activity in Manu’a.

“None of those will happen overnight but between transportation, fisheries, agriculture, the internet connection from the BLAST project and of course tourism, I believe that the conditions will be good that everybody pulls together there is a brighhter future for Manu’a than we have seen in the last 20 years.”

American Samoa businessman, Lewis Wolman.