PSDI Case Study: How Engaging the Private Sector Invigorated Samoa’s Construction Industry
A new PSDI case study examines Samoa’s success in contracting out its road building and maintenance work.
In 2002, Samoa’s Public Works Department was radically restructured, changing from a public construction agency to a contract manager with private sector. As Creating Jobs in Samoa through Public-Private Partnerships identifies, the results of this reform have been dramatic. They include:
• the development of a dynamic and competitive construction industry;
• the creation of more than 2000 jobs; and,
• a fourfold increase in road building productivity.
The relevance of these reforms to the region are discussed in this op-ed published in Islands Business magazine, and PSDI Lead Economist Paul Holden can be heard discussing the reforms in Samoa in this interview with Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program.