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Samoa and ADB

ADB assistance to Samoa supports improvements in the delivery of basic social services, and provision of safer and more efficient road and maritime transportation, better internet connectivity, and effective disaster relief.


ADB has been supporting Samoa since 1966 and has committed $190.9 million in loans, $134.6 million in grants, and $33 million in technical assistance. Cumulative loan and grant disbursements to Samoa amount to $254.4 million.

ADB Membership

Joined 1966

Shareholding and Voting Power

Number of shares held:
348 (0.003% of total shares)

40,045 (0.301% of total membership, 0.463% of total regional membership)

Overall capital subscription:
$4.84 million

Paid-in capital subscription:
$0.29 million


News Release

Tourism-Driven Economies in the Pacific to Feel Brunt of COVID-19 Pandemic — ADB

The economies of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Palau, Samoa, and Vanuatu are the Pacific countries likely to feel the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report by ADB released today.

News Release

Kacific1 Satellite Launch to Bring Affordable Internet to Remote Parts of Asia and Pacific

Kacific Broadband Satellites International Limited (Kacific) has launched the Kacific1 satellite to expand high-speed broadband internet access across Asia and the Pacific. 

Institutional Document

Pacific Energy Update 2019

ADB will invest over $1 billion worth of energy projects in the Pacific from 2019 to 2021 to increase renewable energy generation and improve access to affordable and sustainable electricity in the subregion.


Pacific Economic Monitor – December 2019

The 2019 growth forecast for the Pacific subregion has been raised from 3.5% to 4.2%, driven mainly by higher liquefied natural gas production in Papua New Guinea and increased construction expenditure in Samoa and Solomon Islands, as well as lower-than-projected economic decline in Nauru.

Data: Samoa

Economic recovery in FY2019 is estimated to have outperformed the forecast in ADO 2019. Data available for the first 3 quarters of the fiscal year show growth exceeding initial expectations in trade, transport, accommodation, and restaurants. Also expanding were construction, partly in preparation for the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia in July, and financial services. A 9.3% increase year on year in visitor arrivals in FY2019 suggests that growth in tourism-related businesses continued to exceed expectations in the last quarter.

The growth projection for FY2020 is revised up in anticipation of stimulus from public infrastructure projects. Visitor arrivals are expected to continue to climb, buoyed by the Pacific Games and other regional events.

Projects Cofinanced, 2014-2018

Cofinancing operations enable ADB’s financing partners, governments or their agencies, multilateral financing institutions, and commercial organizations to participate in financing ADB projects. Additional funds are provided in the form of official loans and grants, technical assistance, other concessional financing, and commercial cofinancing such as B loans, risk transfer arrangements, parallel loans and equity, guarantee cofinancing, and cofinancing for transactions under ADB’s Trade Finance Program.

Project Performance, 2000-2018


Pacific Subregional Office (SPSO) - Asian Development Bank (ADB)

91 Gordon Street
Suva, Fiji

  Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

  Tel +679 3318101
  Fax +679 3318074

ADB-Samoa Pacific Country Office

Maria MELEI (Ms)
Senior Country Coordination Officer
Level 7, Central Bank of Samoa Building, 1 Apia City Boulevard, Apia, Samoa
  Tel +685 21900/21424

About Us

The Samoa Pacific Country Office supports the government in implementing its national development strategy. The office, which serves as extensions of SPSO and ADB headquarters, enhances the effectiveness and impact of ADB assistance in country.


Masayuki TACHIIRI (Mr)Regional Director  E-mail
Erik AELBERS (Mr)Head, Economics and Programming  E-mail
David FAY (Mr)Head, Project Administration Unit  E-mail
Maria MELEI (Ms)Senior Country Coordination Officer  E-mail

Holidays 2020

The Samoa Pacific Country Office is closed on these dates.

New Year's Day January 1 (Wednesday)
Day after New Year's Day January 2 (Thursday)
Good Friday April 10 (Friday)
Easter Monday April 13 (Monday)
In Observance of Mother’s Day May 11 (Monday)
Independence Day June 1 (Monday)
In Observance of Father’s Day August 10 (Monday)
In Observance of White Sunday October 12 (Monday)
Christmas Day December 25 (Friday)
Boxing Day December 28 (Monday) in lieu of December 26

Last updated: 31 March 2020