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Author: Nikhil Sharma

Samoa’s cancellation of open skies agreement could affect travel to American Samoa

The United States Department of Transportation issued a notice on March 11 notifying the US carriers that hold blanket open-skies route authority of the exclusion of Samoa from the Department of Transportation’s list of Open Skies Agreement Currently Being Applied. Brian J. Hedberg, director of USDOT’s Office of International Aviation said that the US carriers have been informed that the certificate will no longer be valid 120 days from the issue date of the notice, i.e., with effect from July 9, 2019. Samoa withdrew as a party to the Multilateral Agreement on the Liberalization of International Air Transportation (MALIAT)...

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Natural disasters, shutdown increase American Samoa’s need for federal funds

Lolo Matalasi Moliga (D), Governor of American Samoa, requested that the United States Senate approve funding for the territory’s infrastructure needs which he said were numerous and consisted of both the restoration or service of the existing units and development of new facilities. Among other stated requirements, Lolo called for $5 million for dredging at Faleasao and Ta’u in the Manu’a island group and another $5 million for the construction of a dock in the group to attract more fishing vessels. This comes roughly two weeks after American Samoa’s call to the US Senate for increased support with food...

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American Samoa placed in European Union’s tax havens list

The European Union adopted a new list of 12 countries and 11 jurisdictions, including American Samoa, to reduce the scope of money laundering and terrorist financing activities. Banks and other entities covered by EU anti-money laundering rules will be required to increase their efforts in due diligence when dealing with customers and financial institutions from the listed countries and jurisdictions. American Samoa was already included in a separate EU blacklist of tax havens. The list has been adopted by the Commission in the way of Delegated Regulation and will be submitted to The European Parliament and Council for approval...

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American Samoa looks to strengthen public officeholder vetting

The lower house of American Samoa passed a bill that makes it mandatory for all candidates for public office in American Samoa to go through criminal background checks. Representative Faimealelei Anthony Allen, of Maoputasi V County, had sponsored a bill that pertained to the candidacy for the local House of Representatives and the delegates to Congress. There was a second reading where the candidates for governor and lieutenant governor were also added to the list for the mentioned screening process. Faimealelei explained that further investigation will not be undertaken by the Election Office if a candidate declines any past...

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