Samoa and ADB
In the Spotlight
Investments in basic services must be complemented by policy and regulatory reforms as well as capacity development to support a shift towards more commercially viable utilities in the Pacific, says the latest issue of the ADB Pacific Economic Monitor.
Samoa is rehabilitating old hydropower plants and building new ones to achieve its target of going 100% renewable and wean off its dependence on imported fossil fuels for power generation. When completed, the island nation targets to save about 36 million liters of diesel per year.
ADB is scaling up its assistance in the Pacific, with our active portfolio growing from $500 million in 2004 to $2.6 billion at the end of 2017.
Samoa Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa successfully thrives in the world of politics and the unique social structure of Samoa. She shares with ADB her observations in such circumstances and other insights as a woman leader.
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
- Enhancing ADB’s Support for Social Protection to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
- Preparing the Central Cross Island Road Upgrading Project
- Pacific Disaster Resilience Program
- Capacity Building and Sector Reform for Renewable Energy Investments in the Pacific
- Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2018-2020 – Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2019 (Subproject 2)