Samoa and ADB
In the Spotlight
ADB is working with the Government of Samoa to improve the reliability of its power sector, including upgrading the country's aging distribution system. The country has also introduced Cash Power, a prepayment system that helps consumers better manage electricity consumption.
ADB has scaled up its assistance to Pacific countries from about $500 million in 2004 to more than $2 billion by the end of 2015, supporting the construction of infrastructure such as transport, energy, water and sanitation, and information and communication technology.
About 2.7 million metric tons of tuna is caught each year in the western and central Pacific.
Pacific Energy Update 2016 features two projects in Samoa that are helping diversify the country's energy mix and supplant diesel generation with clean, indigenous renewable energy.
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
Average annual population growth rate in Samoa (2010-2015)
Maternal mortality ratio in Samoa, per 100,000 live births (2015)
Population in Samoa, in millions (2015)
Population living below the national poverty line in Samoa (Before 2010)Refers to preliminary/interim figures; or refers to periods before 2010.