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The Polynesian Leaders Group (PLG) Summit will be hosted on 28 January next year by American Samoa, the new chair of the regional group, and among the issues expected to be discussed is the new Manatua undersea fibre optic cable.
This is according to PLG’s current chair, Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi in an interview with Apia-based ATA News, broadcasted on local radio station KSBS-FM.
In the news broadcast, PM Tuilaepa referred to the PLG meeting, when explaining the importance of the new Manatua undersea fibre optic cable (Manatua cable), which officially landed in Samoa on Monday this week in Moata’a village.
The landing was delayed from the weekend due to bad weather in Samoa, which is currently served by the Tui Samoa cable — owned by the Samoa government — as well as the Samoa American Samoa cable, which is the inter-Samoa spur of the American Samoa Hawaii Cable (ASH-Cable), minority owned by ASG.
Tuilaepa said other Polynesian countries - Tonga and Tuvalu — are interested in joining this important economic development with Manatua cable, as well as some Melanesian nations.
He said Manatua cable is expected to be discussed during the PLG Summit in American Samoa, which is also the new chair of the PLG.
American Samoa was initially to host the 2019 PLG Summit in July this year and the U.S Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs awarded a $350,000 grant to the Governor’s Office to help host the summit. There was no clear explanation at the time on why the Governor’s Office requested Tuvalu to host the 2019 summit, which was held in August along with the annual summit of the Pacific Islands Forum.
An American Samoan Government delegation attended the Tuvalu meeting and made a bid to host the 2020 summit.
SOURCE: TALANEI NEWS/PACNEWS
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