ADB’s $20M Grant to Assist Samoa Cope with COVID-19

Video | 30 July 2020

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $20 million grant to help Samoa respond to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The grant will help fund measures to upgrade Samoa’s health such as upgrading isolation rooms in hospitals, strengthening quarantine areas, and procuring medical supplies. It will also help train frontline workers to prevent infections. 

It will also support the government’s economic stimulus package which will provide benefits to the unemployed, higher pensions for the elderly, and lower electricity tariffs for businesses. 

Transcript

Samoa is free of COVID-19 but ADB is helping to prepare should that change. 

A $20 million grant from ADB will boost Samoa’s health sector with health-screening areas, medical supplies, and training for frontline workers. 

The program will also support Palau’s economy via power subsidies for the critical hospitality industry, topped-up pensions for the elderly, and cash transfers for all Samoans. 

Sili Epa Tuioti, Samoa Minister of Finance 

I think across all sectors we have a very dynamic and open relationship with ADB. And I feel that this relationship will continue to grow from strength to strength. 

ADB is committed to the people of Samoa and combating the impacts of COVID-19.