Samoa and ADB
In the Spotlight
The economies of countries in the Pacific are expected to recover over the next two years, although building resilience against natural hazards and climate change remains a key priority, according to a new ADB report.
ADB President Takehiko Nakao and Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi met to examine opportunities for expanded collaboration and sign an agreement establishing a permanent ADB office in Samoa.
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.
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