Samoa and ADB
In the Spotlight
Digital financial services (DFS) are effective means of enhancing financial inclusion in the Pacific but major challenges, including the establishment of reliable agent networks and the building of sufficient consumer trust still need to be addressed throughout the region.
A new Asian Development Bank report says Pacific economies face lower growth and tighter fiscal conditions this year due to low commodity prices and severe cyclones.
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.
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 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 limited natural resources and a narrow economic base, Samoa’s economy is extremely vulnerable to external shocks. ADB has supported the government’s efforts to reform the economy, placing a focus on improving the business environment for private enterprise.
Projects in Samoa
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Population living below the national poverty line in Samoa (Before 2010)Refers to preliminary/interim figures; or refers to periods before 2010.
Population in Samoa, in millions (2015)
Average annual population growth rate in Samoa (2010-2015)
Maternal mortality ratio in Samoa, per 100,000 live births (2015)