US territories have a common fiscal profile of high debt, weak economies, reliance on one major employer are heading towards a fiscal abyss. But the Governor of American Samoa has a 4-point solution.
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GUTTED: 800 jobs lost in world’s largest tuna fishery, as both American Samoa canneries shutting down
Friday is a sad day for some 800 employees of Samoa Tuna Processors Inc. — the American Samoa cannery is closing down its canning operation indefinitely.
The laid-back simplicity of life in the Territory stands in contrast to the extremely complicated system of local and national laws that govern a place like this — a system that’s on the brink of change. Conor Knighton
A U.S. District Court judge has ordered an American tuna fishing company to pay a $1.6million fine and a US$400,000 community service payment to American Samoa authorities after it was convicted Thursday last week for illegally discharging oil in American Samoa waters; and maintaining false records.
NZ’s lack of action, whether by ignorance or just poor advise, has huge impacts on Realm nations. The omission from Hawaiki and therefore high-speed connectivity to the rest of the world drills far deeper than just the price of the sea-cable infrastructure build. The price being paid is the cost of ‘time-delay’ that will stunt developmental progress by decades, perhaps longer for these countries.
The Attorney General has been tasked to raise our interest with the two oversight US agencies whether our participation would violate any condition of our relationship with the United States Government. If a favorable response emanates, the appropriate membership application will be filed with the Forum Secretariat.
Climate change, fisheries and disaster management are the main agenda items but it’s another issue, the push for full membership by French territory, French Polynesia that will be of keen interest.
If Motion 53 is passed, then the IUCN will promote to the CBD an increased call for 30 per cent of these small Pacific territories’ EEZs to be closed off. That could cause the collapse of their economies.
Due to new requirements agreed to in the new South Pacific Tuna Treaty between 16 Pacific states and USA, US fishing vessels need to fulfil new requirements by 1 August 2016 to fish in Pacific island waters.
It is the Ocean that binds us all. A healthy ocean is critical to a healthy planet, and Polynesians are custodians to the largest Ocean area of the globe. We are the people of the Ocean and therefore our responsibility to carry that message throughout our region and beyond.
In 2006, the world was wedded to a paradigm of at-all-costs economic development. Ten years later there’s a global agreement on climate change, and a universal approach to sustainable development. An international recognition of the fundamental relationship between social equity, economic development and healthy environment. But a segment of the global community – the ‘bloc of countries and people’, colonies of first world countries – they are not recognized.