WASHINGTON -- The U.S. territories of the Virgin Islands, American
Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands will be the focus of
an Investment Development Conference, set for Sept. 8 and 9 here.
U.S. Interior secretary Gale Norton will host the
The conference plan emerged from Norton's visit to the U.S.
Virgin Islands in April. She noted then during a press conference
that the local economy had been hurt by the drop-off in tourism
since Sept. 11, and it would be a idea to create a forum to bring
together investors and businesses.
The Investment Development Conference, Norton said, "will
showcase the opportunities that the territories offer
Participants will include David A. Sampson, assistant secretary
of Commerce for Economic Development; the territories' governors;
Congress members; Jose Fourquet, executive director of the
Inter-American Development Bank; John A. Emens, U.S. Export-Import
bank vice president for trade finances; and officials from the
Asian Development Bank.
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