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Samoa: Fiscal Resilience Improvement Program, Subprogram 1

Sovereign (Public) Project | 50210-001 Status: Closed

The Asian Development Bank is working Samoa to strengthen its fiscal resilience and improve its macroeconomic stability.

Project Details

Project Officer
Veve, Emma M. Pacific Department Request for information
  • Samoa
  • Grant
  • Loan
  • Public sector management
Project Name Fiscal Resilience Improvement Program, Subprogram 1
Project Number 50210-001
Country Samoa
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0525-SAM: Fiscal Resilience Improvement Program, Subprogram 1
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 5.00 million
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 5.00 million
Grant: Fiscal Resilience Improvement Program, Subprogram 1
Government of New Zealand US$ 2.50 million
Government of New Zealand US$ 2.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Public administration - Public expenditure and fiscal management - Reforms of state owned enterprises

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements

The policy-based program is designed to improve Samoa's macroeconomic stability and to strengthen the country's fiscal resilience. It supports the government's medium-term fiscal framework (MTFF) through the implementation of the joint policy action matrix (JPAM) on public financial management (PFM) policies and processes, developed by the Government of Samoa and its development partners.

The program is structured around four reform areas, including (i) reduction of fiscal drain through SOE reforms, (ii) improvement of procurement systems, (iii) improvement of debt management, and (iv) promotion of resilience to climate change and variability. Subprogram 1 has 10 policy actions while 7 policy actions are proposed for Subprogram 2. ADB will support Samoa through regional technical assistance (TA) projects for SOE reform and public sector management during the program. The ADB Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) TA will support a range of private sector reforms under way in Samoa that include assistance for developing a public private partnership (PPP) pipeline. PSDI will continue support for improving the business regulatory environment. Support for climate change adaptation and mitigation activities will be guided by the ADB climate change implementation plan. All the outputs are fully aligned with the JPAM.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The program's proposed programmatic approach consists of two subprograms, and is part of the sequenced MTFF reform process supported by development partners (including the World Bank, the governments of Australia and New Zealand, and the European Union) to help the government reduce debt and achieve fiscal consolidation, while focusing on reforms needed to build resilience and improve stability. The program is consistent with the International Monetary Fund assessment that finds fiscal consolidation is consistent with macroeconomic fundamentals, and that continued reforms will help improve the business environment. It is designed to augment ongoing PFM reforms and will be delivered within the JPAM. The program policy matrix is a subset of the JPAM. The JPAM involves regular policy dialogue between the government, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and other development partners. The two subprograms allow flexibility for the program to respond to ongoing and new risks to the economy and shifts in government priorities. The program is consistent with the Strategy for the Development of Samoa, 2012 2016. The request for a policy-based operation in 2016 was received during JPAM discussions in 2016, and followed up during the country programming mission for the country operations business plan, 2017 2019.
Impact Macroeconomic Stability is maintained
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved fiscal resilience.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Improved fiscal position through SOE reforms

Improved procurement systems

Improved debt management

Promote resilience to climate change and variability

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Veve, Emma M.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
[email protected]
Ministry of Finance
Government of Samoa
Private Bag, Apia, Samoa
Concept Clearance 02 Sep 2016
Fact Finding 05 Sep 2016 to 09 Sep 2016
MRM 13 Oct 2016
Approval 07 Dec 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 12 Jun 2019

Grant 0525-SAM

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Dec 2016 11 Jan 2017 14 Mar 2017 31 Mar 2017 - 28 Jun 2017
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 15.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 10.00 07 Dec 2016 5.00 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 5.00 07 Dec 2016 5.00 0.00 100%

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Title Document Type Document Date
Samoa: Fiscal Resilience Improvement Program (Subprograms 1 and 2) Validations of Project Completion Reports May 2020

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