Samoa

In Samoa, PSDI is supporting reform initiatives that make the country an increasingly enabling place to do business and an attractive place to invest.

PSDI is working with the Government of Samoa to:

  • Increase access to finance through secured transaction reform and the procurement, design, and implementation of an accompanying online registry;

  • Support the commercial strengthening of the government-owned Development Bank of Samoa;

  • Simplify business laws and registration processes, including providing support for an update of Samoa’s Companies Act Regulations, and assisting with the procurement and installation of a new electronic registry. PSDI has also commenced implementation of a business law simplification package;

  • Strengthen competition and consumer protection by reviewing Samoa’s competition and consumer protection policy and law needs;

  • Strengthen state-owned enterprise policy, performance, governance and transparency; and

  • Support reform through advocacy and analysis, including a private sector assessment published in October 2015.

Resources and Spending

Each PSDI work area, bar economic empowerment of women, is represented in the allocations of the $2.83 million spent in Samoa to date, indicative of the wide range of reforms the country has pursued to improve its business environment. Financing growth initiatives have received 29% of this funding, enabling the procurement of a personal property securities registry. Business law reform has received the second most funding, with the $641,741 allocated going towards creation of an online companies registry and recent evaluations of the company law and registry expansion opportunities. 

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On this website, $ refers to US dollars unless otherwise stated.

For detailed information on PSDI activities in Samoa, download the 2022 PSDI Country Overview here.

Samoa at a glance

Faster business registrations

The time needed to register a new company fell from 21 days to 1.5 days following PSDI-supported reform and the implementation of an online registry

38% average increase

in new company registrations per year since PSDI supported the implementation of an electronic registry in 2013.

Private sector assessment

Reform Renewed: A Private Sector Assessment for Samoa was published in October 2015.

Secured transaction reform

Samoa’s Personal Property Securities Bill was enacted in February 2013, and amended in 2015, with an accompanying online registry launched in February 2017.
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Secured Transactions Registry Launched in Samoa

Lending institutions in Samoa will be able to provide credit to more businesses following the launch of an online registry that makes it easier to accept movable property — such as machinery, accounts receivable, or inventory — as collateral.

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27 February 2017
Online Registry Makes Lending Against Movable Property Easier in Samoa

APIA, SAMOA (27 February 2017) — Lending institutions in Samoa will be able to provide credit to more businesses following the launch of an online registry that makes it easier to accept movable property — such as machinery, accounts receivable, or inventory — as collateral.

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