Amata Welcomes Young Pacific Leaders

November 5, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed young business and government leaders from the Pacific during their visit to Capitol Hill. The group is in the United States through the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.


State Department group with Congresswoman Amata in American Samoa's congressional office
Pacific Young Leaders group with Congresswoman Amata in American Samoa’s congressional office.


“Our Pacific friendships are important to the United States,” said Aumua Amata. “I appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit of these young leaders, and it was a pleasure meeting with them. In terms of the vast Pacific Ocean, these nations are American Samoa’s closest neighbors, and key trading partners to our country.”

The group included Ms. Teaoakamaru Mariri, Cook Islands; Mr. Mori Mori, Federated States of Micronesia; Mr. Giffney Dwain Ah Tong Qalovaki, Fiji; Ms. Manuia Maiti, French Polynesia; Mr. Sealend Laiden and Ms. Genna Tiobech, Republic of the Marshall Islands; Mr. Shay Wright, New Zealand; Ms. Katrina Tauefasi, Niue; Mr. Dagia Aka, Papua New Guinea; Mr. Daniel Ngg Cho, Samoa; Ms. Sesimani Marie Lokotui and Mr. Siosaia Mataele, Tonga.

The International Visitor Leadership Program hosts emerging leaders in many fields, including entrepreneurs, on short-term visits to the United States, where they experience the U.S. and build relationships with U.S. leaders in their field, industry or government area.