Samoa benefits from $381.4 million assistance from World Bank

By Ivamere Nataro 08 March 2019, 12:00AM

The World Bank has an active portfolio of eight projects in Samoa with a total commitment of US$147 million (T$381.4 million). 

This was highlighted in a 71-page country report on the 2018 Article IV consultation published by the International Monetary Fund.  

The Bank’s current activities, according to the country report, are focused on six key areas. 

These are disaster recovery projects, budget support, climate resilience, enhancing the climate resilience of coastal resources and communities, Information, communication and technology, agriculture, and aviation sectors, enhancing climate resilience of coastal resources and communities, and the Pacific resilience programme.   

The enhanced road access project “aims to restore key road sector assets damaged by Cyclone Evan and enhance the climate resilience of critical roads and bridges in Samoa.” 

According to the report, the first resilience development policy operation “supports the Government of Samoa’s efforts to strengthen macro-economic and financial resilience and increase Samoa’s resilience to the effects of climate change, natural disasters, and non-communicable diseases, including through reforms in areas of revenue, access to finance, etc. 

“Enhancing the climate resilience of West Coast Road focuses on ‘climate proofing’ the West Coast Road from the airport to Apia. 

“Enhancing the climate resilience of coastal resources and communities provides training and support in targeted communities to update and implement local coastal infrastructure plans, and supports activities that increase the resilience of coastlines, near-shore areas and coral reefs. Improve national climate information services and hazard mapping.”

In the ICT sector, the Pacific regional connectivity project aims to reduce the cost and increase the availability of internet services in Samoa. 

“The agriculture competitiveness enhancement project aims to support fruit and vegetable growers and livestock producers to improve their productivity and take greater advantage of market opportunities. The project covers three components - livestock production and marketing, fruit and vegetable production and marketing, and institutional strengthening. 

In the Samoa aviation investment project, the World Bank aims to, “improve operational safety and oversight of international air transport and associated infrastructure, including through improvements to runways, facilities and navigation aids at the main international airport.”

By Ivamere Nataro 08 March 2019, 12:00AM

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