Our program aims to enable economic growth by:
- improving the regulatory environment for business and international trade to encourage investment, innovation, tourism and private-sector led growth;
- improving Samoa’s economic infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and communication services;
- supporting Samoa to pursue reforms which stimulate economic growth, improve the performance of state-owned enterprises, increase revenue and build resilience to future economic shocks;
- increasing economic opportunities for women;
- promoting labour mobility for the Samoan workforce including through the Seasonal Worker Programme and the Labour Mobility Assistance Program.
Samoa Economic Infrastructure Program (SEIP)
Up to $20 million, 2013-2018
The Samoa Economic Infrastructure Program aims to stimulate sustainable economic activity in Samoa. We are improving access to services and markets by investing in economic infrastructure such as roads and bridges. We are providing targeted, performance-linked support for infrastructure-related policy reforms—particularly in the management of roads and bridges. The program uses established and experienced infrastructure partners such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to implement specific investments.
Samoa Power Sector Expansion Program
Up to $15.1 million, 2007-2015
The Power Sector Expansion Project supports the implementation of the Samoan Government’s power sector investment plan for 2008–2015. This includes the construction and rehabilitation of power generation facilities and the installation of prepayment meter systems. The project is also working to establish a better regulatory framework for Samoa’s power sector. This project is a joint engagement between the Australian Government, the Government of Samoa, the Asian Development Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Samoa Economic Reform Program
Up to $7.5 million, 2013-2017
The Samoa Economic Reform Program is supporting the Government of Samoa to stabilise its economy as it recovers from the impacts of external shocks. The global financial crisis, 2009 tsunami and 2012 Cyclone Evan disasters had a major impact to Samoa’s economy and Australia is helping Samoa to build greater economic resilience against future shocks. Support is focused on activities that strengthen Samoa’s public financial management systems and promote an open, competitive private sector-led economy.
DFAT coordinates its support with other donors including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, New Zealand and the European Union. Donors have agreed to focus support around achievement of a discrete set of economic reforms identified by the Government of Samoa and to harmonise support. DFAT has also agreed to use, wherever practical, World Bank assessments of reform progress.