- Key Facts
- Board of Governors
- Board of Directors
- Departments and Offices
- Policies and Strategies
- Annual Meetings
- Independent Evaluation
- News & Events
- Data & Research
- Industry and Trade
- Information and Communication Technology
- Public Sector Management
- Social Protection
- Capacity Development
- Climate Change
- Environmental Sustainability
- Gender and Development
- Poverty Reduction
- Private Sector Development
- Regional Cooperation and Integration
- Social Development
- Urban Development
- Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA)
- Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC)
- Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)
- Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT)
- South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC)
- European Representative Office
- Japanese Representative Office
- North American Representative Office
- Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office
- Pacific Subregional Office
Countries with Operations
- China, People's Republic of
- Cook Islands
- Kyrgyz Republic
- Lao PDR
- Marshall Islands
- Micronesia, Federated States of
- Papua New Guinea
Companies Registry Goes Online in Samoa
APIA, SAMOA – A new online Companies Registry, which was funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and will improve efficiency of business processes in Samoa, will be launched today by the Ministry of Commerce.
“The registry is a time-saver, is easy to use, and eventually it will mean that people can register their companies online from remote areas, without having to travel to Apia to do so,” said the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce, Industry & Labour, Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo.
The paperless registration process will allow business owners to register a company and update company details from anywhere with an internet connection. The online registry will also be accessible for company searches.
"The new Companies Registry will ultimately make it easier for local people to conduct business in Samoa," said Andrea Iffland, Regional Director of ADB's Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office. "The registry will also help reduce the cost of doing business, encourage compliance, improve transparency, and ensure fair trading and consumer protection through appropriate regulation."
The Samoa Companies Registry Office will be a contact point for businesses, and a resource for learning more about current business law in Samoa. The office will also be responsible for the management of the registry, which is available to the public on the internet via www.companies.gov.ws.
ADB is working closely with the Government of Samoa to help modernize business laws and increase access to finance opportunities. The Companies Act reform work is part of the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI), financed by ADB and the Government of Australia. PSDI is supporting the efforts of ADB Pacific developing member countries to encourage private sector led, sustainable economic growth.