FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON STRATEGY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SAMOA
1. What is the Strategy for the Development of Samoa (SDS)?
SDS provides a comprehensive overview of Samoa’s development needs, national development goals and the strategies for achieving them. The Statement of Economic Strategy or Strategy for the Development of Samoa as it is now known is a national strategic plan document that has the following categories:
a. National Vision – Improved Quality of Life for All;
b. Theme - "Boosting Productivity for Sustainable Development";
c. Priority Areas and Key Outcomes;
Priority Area 1: Economic Sectors
- Key Outcome 1: Macroeconomic Stability
- Key Outcome 2: Re-invigorate Agriculture
- Key Outcome 3: Revitalized Exports
- Key Outcome 4: Sustainable Tourism
- Key Outcome 5: Enabling Environment for Business Development
Priority Area 2: Social Policies
- Key Outcome 6: Healthy Samoa
- Key Outcome 7: Improve Focus on Access to Education, Training and Learning Outcome
- Key Outcome 8: Social Cohesion
8.1 A Safe and Stable Samoa
8.2 Community Development
Priority Area 3: Infrastructure Sector
- Key Outcome 9: Sustainable Access to Safe Drinking Water and Basic Sanitation
- Key Outcome 10: Efficient, Safe and Sustainable Transport System and Networks
- Key Outcome 11: Universal Access to Reliable and Affordable ICT Services
- Key Outcome 12: Sustainable Energy Supply
Priority Area 4: The Environment
- Key Outcome 13: Environment Sustainability
- Key Outcome 14: Climate and Disaster Resilience
d. Monitoring and Evaluation;
e. Strategy Implementation Outcome of SDS 2008 - 2012; "Ensuring Sustainable Economic and Social Progress" ;
2. Why have a Strategy for the Development of Samoa?
The SDS is a national planning document which provides strategic direction in terms of a national vision Improved Quality of Life for All, the underlying theme "boosting productivity for sustainable development " and the selected strategies that will be implemented to reach the anticipated national development key outcome areas. SDS is produced by the Ministry of Finance as a statutory requirement under the Public Finance Management Act 2001 – Part IV (Section 17).
3. How is the Strategy for the Development of Samoa prepared?
SDS has been formulated by the Economic Policy and Planning Division of the Ministry of Finance on the basis of an extensive consultative process involving government agencies, the private sector, civil society organisations, church leaders and community groups (agriculturists, tourism service providers, business, educators, health service providers, etc). These consultations are ongoing as the same stakeholders are also engaged in the process of preparing sector plans and corporate plans for government ministries and corporations.
4. How many SDS documents have been produced?
The list of SDS documents that have been produced is as follows: (a) SES 1996-1997; (b) SES 1998-1999; (c) SES 2000-2001; (d) SDS 2002-2004; (e) SDS 2005-2007; (f) SDS 2008-2012 and (g) SDS 2012-2016;
5. What is the period for the current Strategy for the Development of Samoa and why has there been a change from calendar year to fiscal year?
SDS covers the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2016. The change from calendar year to financial year (1 July – 30 June) aligns SDS with the fiscal year. This will enable a comprehensive assessment of strategies from the public and private sectors, civil society organisations and the community at large. This change supports the Government of Samoa's commitment to ensuring the aligning of development plans, sectoral plans and the Government of Samoa's budget estimates.
6. What are the significant differences between this Strategy for the Development of Samoa 2012-2016 and previous SDS documents?
The significant differences between SDS 2012-2016 and previous SDS documents are:
- The inclusion of a comprehensive assessment of the previous SDS 2008-2012, which is an evaluation of past performance and challenges yet to be met in lieu of the effects of the GEC of 2008 and the Earthquake and Tsunami of 2009;
- The strengthening of the link with sectors by adapting sector plan as strategic areas for SDS 2012-2016;
- Incorporation of relevant regional and international development goals (Millennium Development Goals or MDGs and Pacific Plan);
- Inclusion of a monitoring and evaluation section with selected national level indicators to measure performance;
- Inclusion of and emphasis placed on the Environment as well as Climate and Disaster Resilience;
7. What are the sectors covered under Priority Area 1 – Economic Sectors?
The sectors covered are; (a) Finance; (b) Agriculture; (c) Tourism; (d) Trade and (e) Public Administration
8. What are the sectors covered under Priority Area 2 – Social Sectors?
The sectors covered are; (a) Health; (b) Education; (c) Community and (d) Law and Justice
9. What are the sectors covered under Priority Area 3 – Infrastructure Sector?
The sectors covered are; (a) Water; (b) Transport; (c) Communication and (d) Energy
10. What covered under Priority Area 4 – Environment?
Priotity Area 4 covers Environmental Sustainability and Climate and Disaster Resilience