Economy Measure Code Measure Currency Code Amount (Local) Amount (USD) Source Details
Samoa 05 05 - Health and income support WST 149,400,000 55,427,400 IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 1 October 2020); Government of Samoa. https://www.samoagovt.ws/2020/05/savali-issue-21-dated-27-may-2020-savali-21-aso-27-me-2020/ (accessed 29 May 2020).

(i) April, The government has put together the first phase of the fiscal and economic response package, amounting to WST66.3 million. April 7, The package approved by parliament is centered around the mission of "Support the private sector so they can feed the nation." (ii) May 26, The Samoan government unveiled its second stimulus package of WST83 million (about USD29.88 million) to help the country's private sector battle against COVID-19. The measures tabled to the parliament include an extension of utility subsidies, retraining programs for unemployed workers, increases in monthly pensions, one-off cash payments to citizens, assistance to exporters, and support for nongovernment organizations; (iii) June 30, Parliament approved the FY2021 budget, including the second phase of the fiscal and economic response package that amounts to WST83.1 million. The budget is centered around the mission of “Weaving a prosperous and secure future for Samoa together,” and includes a similar set of measures as in the first stimulus package.

Samoa 05A 05A - Health support WST IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 1 October 2020).

No amount/estimate: (i) April, The package includes expenditure to cover immediate medical response (See Measure 5: Government support to income/revenue). The government has been stepping up its efforts to increase the level of preparedness and prevention. Temporary quarantine facilities have been established in key areas; (ii) June 30, The health sector continues to be a priority sector for the government in light of the COVID19 pandemic. The package finances construction and upgrade of rural hospitals.

Samoa 05B 05B - Income support WST IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 1 October 2020); Government of Samoa. https://www.samoagovt.ws/2020/07/presentation-of-governments-stimulus-package-assistance-for-vulnerable-groups/ (accessed 7 August 2020).

No amount/estimate: April: (i) Support for the private sector includes (a) a temporary exemption on import duties on most commonly bought food items for households, (b) duty concessions to be applied to an expanded list of agricultural and fishing materials, and (c) a 6-month moratorium on pension contributions for the hospitality sector (See Measure 5: Government support to income/revenue); (ii) Support for citizens includes (a) establishment of the Emergency Price Control Board to keep wholesale and retail prices in check and bring them down, if necessary; (b) provision of financial assistance to members of the National Provident Fund in the form of a refund of their loan payments for March 2020; (c) and a temporary reduction of utility bills (both electricity and water) for 6 months through September 2020 (See Measure 5: Government support to income/revenue); (iii) To compensate part of the losses in interest income from the 3-month grace period applied to loan payments, local commercial banks will receive payments from the government; (iv) June 30, The second package provides a dividend payout by Samoa National Provident Fund, a benefit of WST50 per citizen for a national ID registration, a special one-off pension payment, unemployment benefit, financial support for utility bills, and paid training for the hospitality sector. The government will also continue to assist remote education services; (v) July 22, The Government of Samoa extends its financial assistance, as part of the Phase II of its COVID-19 stimulus package, to select nonprofit organizations within the country who work toward providing support services to citizens deemed as most vulnerable.

Samoa 09 09 - International Assistance Provided WST
Samoa 09A 09A - Swaps WST
Samoa 09B 09B - International loans/grants WST
Samoa 11 11 - Other Economic Measures WST