Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date
PDS Updated as of 23 Jul 2015

Project Name Promoting Economic Use of Customary Land, Phase III
Country Samoa
Project/Program Number 46512-001
Status Approved
Geographical Location
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Public sector management
Subsector Economic affairs management
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth (IEG)
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development (GCD)
Private sector development (PSD)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Technical Assistance8481Technical Assistance Special Fund400
Technical Assistance-Technical Assistance Special Fund150
Counterpart 80

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
This is the last phase and builds upon the success and the work undertaken under phases I & II. Comprehensive stakeholder consultation was undertaken in phases I & II. The design of this last phase was based on those consultations and further discussions with the government and various stakeholders during the country consultations to develop Samoa' Country Operation Business Plan (COBP) and the during factfinding mission.
During Project Implementation
During project implementation, ADB will undertake review missions to consult with the major stakeholders progress of the TA. The review missions will discuss the issues faced during implementation and ways to resolve those issues.


Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The proposed TA will directly respond to key outcome 5 of the Strategy for the Development of Samoa(SDS) 2012-2016 which focuses on improving the enabling environment for business development. One of the strategic areas identified under this outcome is raising the efficiency and effectiveness of the public service to support the private sector and the community. ADB s Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) 2008-2012 supports SDS 2012-2016 by targeting (i) improved delivery of public services including the removal of infrastructure constraints and (ii) promotion of private sector development which directly links to key outcome 5 of the SDS

Development Impact

Improved access to credit for business investment

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Use of customary land as collateral and organization of customary landowners into legal entities
Progress Towards Outcome
The Legal Working Group (LWG) has been formed to begin the discussions on the proposed institutional fframework that will allow (i) the use of leasehold as collateral and (ii) enable commercial banks to use those leasehold as collateral.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
1. Establishment of inclusive and consultative process for developing customary land policy 2. Customary Land Security bill 3. Registration process to formalize landowning groups
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
The TA in consultation with the LWG has agreed to put together the legal framework, The TA will discuss this further with the stakeholders. Further, the TA has been put on hold while the Office of the Special Project Facilitator investigate a complaint raised by four matais on the lack of consultations undertaken by the government with the stakeholders.
Status of Development Objectives
Status of Operation / Construction
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2013 Oct 02
Consulting Services
Consulting Services will support the outputs of the TA and include individual consultants: i) Program Coordinator (national, 10 person-months); ii) Legal Specialist (international, 8 person-months); and iii) Legal Specialist (national, 4 person-months). Under additional finance: Engage independent experts to design and implement a consultation/ communication strategy and review foreclosure issues: (i) A Consultation Design Specialist (3 person-months) which will cost $40,000. (ii) Banking Specialist (International; 3 person-months) which will cost $40,000. (iii) Consultation Facilitation Specialist (6 person-months) which will cost $50,000. Other additional costs include $10,000 for reports and consultation materials; $5,000 for training seminars and workshops; and $5,000 for miscellaneous and administration cost.
Financed by ADB TASF V - US$400,000 Additional finance by ADB TASF V - US$150,000
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 11 Jul 2013
Fact-finding 23 Jul 2013 to 26 Jul 2013
Management Review Meeting
Approval 10 Oct 2013


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
Cumulative Disbursements

TA Amount (US$ thousand)

Approval Number Approved Amount Revised Amount Total Commitment Uncommitted Balance Total Disbursement Undisbursed Balance

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Malie Lototele (
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji
Executing Agencies


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