Samoa: Economy

The estimate for growth in Samoa in Fiscal Year 2015 is revised up by 0.2 percentage points, to 1.6%. The first 3 quarters of FY2016 saw the start of two deep-sea fishing operations, an upgrade of the main international airport, and investments in hotels. These have contributed to robust growth in transport, tourism, construction, and electricity and water supply. Accordingly, growth for FY2016 is estimated to have been substantially higher than the forecast in March. Projected growth in FY2017 is likewise revised up on expectations of continuing strong performance in fisheries, tourism, and construction, though the recent decline in manufactured goods other than food is expected to continue. Read more from Asian Development Outlook 2016 Update


Economic forecasts for Pacific countries

Country 2016 2017
Cook Islands 4.2 4.0
Fiji 2.4 4.5
Kiribati 1.8 1.5
Marshall Islands 1.5 2.0
Micronesia, Federated States of 2.0 2.5
Nauru 3.0 15.0
Palau 2.0 5.0
Papua New Guinea 2.2 3.0
Samoa 5.0 2.0
Solomon Islands 2.7 2.5
Timor-Leste 5.0 5.5
Tonga 3.1 2.6
Tuvalu 3.0 3.0
Vanuatu 3.5 3.8
Average 2.7 3.5
Country 2016 2017
Cook Islands 0.7 2.0
Fiji 3.5 3.0
Kiribati 0.7 2.0
Marshall Islands -1.3 1.0
Micronesia, Federated States of -0.3 1.5
Nauru 6.6 1.7
Palau 1.5 2.5
Papua New Guinea 6.5 7.5
Samoa 0.1 2.0
Solomon Islands 3.3 4.5
Timor-Leste 1.2 3.0
Tonga 2.0 1.9
Tuvalu 2.0 2.0
Vanuatu 1.9 2.4
Average 4.7 5.5
Country 2016 2017
Cook Islands 37.3 41.3
Fiji -7.0 -1.2
Kiribati -7.0 -2.6
Marshall Islands 10.0 8.9
Micronesia, Federated States of 3.8 2.0
Nauru ... ...
Palau -2.3 -1.3
Papua New Guinea 7.9 9.0
Samoa -3.9 -5.3
Solomon Islands -4.4 -6.1
Timor-Leste 36.1 10.2
Tonga -6.0 -7.6
Tuvalu -1.2 -18.7
Vanuatu -15.0 -13.5
Average 7.2 5.8

… = no data available.

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2016 Update