Samoa and ADB
In the Spotlight
ADB's Board of Directors has approved a total of $15 million in financing for the Pacific Disaster Resilience Program which will help strengthen Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu’s resilience to disasters.
ADB, the European Union, and the governments of New Zealand and Samoa commissioned three hydropower plants, cofinanced from the Samoa Renewable Energy Development and Power Sector Rehabilitation Project, which will help increase the country’s energy security.
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.