The number of expatriate Samoans is estimated at around Samoa’s current population of 179,000.
The Samoan entity is specialized in automotive electrical systems, which are exported to Australia under concessional market-access arrangements.
As Samoa maintains capital controls, the central bank has some influence over domestic interest rates.
All of Samoa’s public debt is external.
Health and education spending amount to around 40 percent of current expenditures.
See Chapter I of the accompanying Selected Issues Paper.
See Box I and Chapter II of the accompanying Selected Issues Paper.
The update was undertaken by an MCM OFC mission that visited Samoa during February 27-March 8, 2007.
Among other measures, the authorities should ease work permits for foreign workers and managers.