Samoa and ADB
In the Spotlight
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 Energy Update 2019 details how ADB is helping its Pacific developing member countries undertake a structural shift away from fossil fuel-based energy sources and towards renewables. Read more
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.
However, project delays in Papua New Guinea, tepid growth in some economies, and slower recovery in others will likely moderate subregional growth to 2.6% in 2020. Read more in the latest Pacific Economic Monitor
乐动体育注册ADB President Takehiko Nakao and Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi met to examine opportunities for expanded collaboration and sign an agreement establishing a permanent ADB office in Samoa.
Samoa is rehabilitating old hydropower plants and building new ones to achieve its target of going 100% renewable and wean off its dependence on imported fossil fuels for power generation. When completed, the island nation targets to save about 36 million liters of diesel per year.
乐动体育注册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乐动体育注册, placing a focus on improving the business environment for private enterprise.
Projects in Samoa
- Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative, Phase IV
- Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Coordination Office-Leveraging Infrastructure for Sustainable Development
- Enhancing Safety, Security, and Sustainability of Apia Port Project
- Pacific Renewable Energy Program
- Implementing a Differentiated Approach to Urban Development in the Pacific