Samoa To Jump Forward One Day In Time By Switching To The West Side Of The International Dateline

By on May 10, 2011 in Announcement, World Comments
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The South Pacific island nation of Samoa reportedly announced on Monday, May 9, 2011 its plan to jump forward in time by one day by switching to the west side of the International Dateline.

According to several reports, Samoan government wanted to have the same weekday as Australia, New Zealand and eastern Asia in order to boost its economy.

“In doing business with New Zealand and Australia, we’re losing out on two working days a week,” Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said in a statement which was quoted from BBC.

“While it’s Friday here, it’s Saturday in New Zealand and when we’re at church Sunday, they’re already conducting business in Sydney and Brisbane,” he added.

Reports said that Australia and New Zealand have become Samoa’s biggest trading partners and the shifting of time is easier and more convenient on their part to do business with Australia and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa has proposed the shifting of time will be on this year’s December 31, which was said to be celebrated one night early. However, the date has not been confirmed yet.



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