Samoa and ADB

In the Spotlight

  • ADB's Pacific Regional Operations Business Plan 2016–2018

    ADB’s interventions in the Pacific should help countries reduce the high cost of doing business and providing services, develop capacity to manage risks from economic shocks, natural disasters, and climate change, as well as promote the creation of competitive high value-added goods and services.

  • ADB, World Bank, Australia Support High-Speed Internet for Samoa

    ADB has approved a $25 million grant for a submarine cable project which will support the development of a fiber-optic cable system linking Samoa to Fiji’s international submarine cable network, giving Samoa fast and affordable Internet access. Cofinance is being provided by the World Bank and the Government of Australia.

  • Reform Renewed: A Private Sector Assessment for Samoa

    Samoa can further improve its competitiveness through reforms supporting private sector growth, focusing on primary constraints to investment and entrepreneurship.

  • Samoa: Building a More Resilient Economy

    Known as a reform-oriented country in the Pacific, Samoa has achieved significant development gains through ADB support in education, infrastructure, and other sectors.

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.

The country operations business plan, 2016-2018 for Samoa is aligned with ADB’s Interim Pacific Approach 2015, which extends the validity of its Pacific Approach 2010-2014; the midterm review of ADB’s Strategy 2020; and the Strategy for the Development of Samoa, 2012-2016.

Fact Sheet


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.)

Download 2015 Basic Statistics