Samoa and ADB

In the Spotlight


Samoa continues to make progress in achieving its Millennium Development Goals. Poverty has fallen in urban centers, child mortality has been reduced, and the government has placed greater emphasis on environmental sustainability. Primary school education is now almost universal for children in Samoa, while gender disparity in both primary and secondary education has been eliminated.

With a narrow base, limited resources, and limited capacity, Samoa’s economy is extremely vulnerable to external shocks and natural disasters.

ADB has supported the government’s efforts to reform Samoa’s economy, placing a focus on competitive structuring and private enterprise. The country operations business plan for 2015-2017 adheres to ADB’s Pacific Approach, which serves as the country partnership strategy for Samoa and aims to deliver sustained, resilient, and improved standards of living for the people.

Fact Sheet

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0.19(2014) Population in millions

0.8%(2009-2014) Average annual population growth rate

26.9%* Population living below the national poverty line (*Preliminary/interim figure; or refers to period before 2009.)

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