46512-001: Promoting Economic Use of Customary Land, Phase III

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details

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


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.

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 Operation/Construction or Implementation Progress

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.

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.


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