Samoa jumps forward 1 day at a time

May 10th, 2011 - 12:55 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Wellington, May 9 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Officials in Samoa has announced that they will move the island nation’s time to a day ahead. The nation is in the same region as New Zealand and Australia and they revealed that the decision is to improve trade with their neighbors.

This is not the first time that the country has moved its date. Samoa moved its date a day back about 119 years ago. Moving the date ahead will place the country in the same date with Australia and New Zealand. They will however not have the same time zone as the other countries.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi released a statement on Monday announcing the change in the date. The statement gave series of reasons for the change.

The statement said that, “A local trader lobbied successfully for the change as it was convenient for trading ships from Europe and the United States that were servicing Samoa at the time …our trading partners have dramatically changed …today we do a lot more business with New Zealand and Australia, China and Pacific Rim countries such as Singapore.”

Samoa has taken some other dramatic moves in the past. The country’s traffic law was changed in 2009 to switch drivers from the right side to the left side.

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