Project Name Promoting Economic Use of Customary Land, Phase III
Project Number 46512-001
Country Samoa
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8481-SAM: Promoting Economic Use of Customary Land, Phase III
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
TA 8481-SAM: Promoting Economic Use of Customary Land, Phase III (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 150,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Economic affairs management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed TA will directly respond to key outcome 5 of the Strategy for the Development of Samoa(SDS) 2012-2016 which focuses on improving the enabling environment for business development. One of the strategic areas identified under this outcome is raising the efficiency and effectiveness of the public service to support the private sector and the community. ADB's Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) 2008-2012 supports SDS 2012-2016 by targeting (i) improved delivery of public services including the removal of infrastructure constraints and (ii) promotion of private sector development which directly links to key outcome 5 of the SDS
Impact Improved access to credit for business investment
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Use of customary land as collateral and organization of customary landowners into legal entities
Progress Toward Outcome The Legal Working Group (LWG) has been formed to begin the discussions on the proposed institutional fframework that will allow (i) the use of leasehold as collateral and (ii) enable commercial banks to use those leasehold as collateral.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Establishment of inclusive and consultative process for developing customary land policy

2. Customary Land Security bill

3. Registration process to formalize landowning groups

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The TA in consultation with the LWG has agreed to put together the legal framework, The TA will discuss this further with the stakeholders.

Further, the TA has been put on hold while the Office of the Special Project Facilitator investigate a complaint raised by four matais on the lack of consultations undertaken by the government with the stakeholders. On OSPF reccomendation, a consultation specialist is being recruited to assist in developing a conultation process that will include all the different stakeholders

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design This is the last phase and builds upon the success and the work undertaken under phases I & II. Comprehensive stakeholder consultation was undertaken in phases I & II. The design of this last phase was based on those consultations and further discussions with the government and various stakeholders during the country consultations to develop Samoa' Country Operation Business Plan (COBP) and the during factfinding mission.
During Project Implementation During project implementation, ADB will undertake review missions to consult with the major stakeholders progress of the TA. The review missions will discuss the issues faced during implementation and ways to resolve those issues.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Consulting Services will support the outputs of the TA and include individual consultants:

i) Program Coordinator (national, 10 person-months);

ii) Legal Specialist (international, 8 person-months); and

iii) Legal Specialist (national, 4 person-months).

Under additional finance: Engage independent experts to design and implement a consultation/ communication strategy and review foreclosure issues:

(i) A Consultation Design Specialist (3 person-months) which will cost $40,000.

(ii) Banking Specialist (International; 3 person-months) which will cost $40,000.

(iii) Consultation Facilitation Specialist (6 person-months) which will cost $50,000.

Other additional costs include $10,000 for reports and consultation materials; $5,000 for training seminars and workshops; and $5,000 for miscellaneous and administration cost.


Financed by ADB TASF V - US$400,000

Additional finance by ADB TASF V - US$150,000

Responsible ADB Officer Malie Lototele
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Finance
Government of Samoa
Private Bag, Apia, Samoa
Concept Clearance 11 Jul 2013
Fact Finding 23 Jul 2013 to 26 Jul 2013
Approval 10 Oct 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 21 Sep 2015

TA 8481-SAM

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Oct 2013 29 Oct 2013 29 Oct 2013 31 Dec 2016 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
550,000.00 0.00 80,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 630,000.00 10 Oct 2013 237,845.90

This project data sheet was generated from on 07 October 2015