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.
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
38% average increase
Private sector assessment
Secured transaction reform
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