Samoa was the first island nation in the South Pacific to gain independence on the 1st January 1962. Its Constitution provides for a Parliamentary Government, combining the traditional Samoan social structure and a democratic voting system. Parliamentary elections are held every five (5) years.
Samoa is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and is considered the cradle of Polynesia. It is made up of two main islands of Upolu and Savai’i and seven small islands, with a total land mass of 2,820km2. Samoa’s current population is about 193,000 and the majority of the population live in Upolu, where Apia, Samoa’s capital lies. Samoa is strategically positioned at the confluence of major trading routes, providing international services to the Asia Pacific Region.
Travel: Samoa is situated in the centre of the Pacific, and some 3.5 hours flying time north and slightly East of Auckland, New Zealand. There are regular international flights to and from its Faleolo International Airport, on Upolu via Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane and Fiji.
Political relations: Solutions offered by Samoa are known and used in many jurisdictions globally. Samoa has established and continues to work towards the management of relations with foreign governments, regional and international organisations. Samoa is a member of the Commonwealth, the United Nations (UN), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Asia Development Bank (ADB) and an associate member of the European Economic Community (EEC). Samoa has a particularly long association with the People’s Republic of China. The continuous development and management of diplomatic relations demonstrates Samoa’s credibility as a trustworthy jurisdiction.
Infrastructure: Samoa has a good and sound infrastructure in terms of commercial and residential buildings, hotels, roads and communications. The Government of Samoa has plans in place to ensure the sustainability, safety and reliability of its infrastructural networks. Establishing a sound infrastructure, Samoa continues to develop and to adapt with the increase in business and commercial ventures.
Communications: technology services have been installed to improve connectivity between local users and abroad. This allows users to keep up with regional and global trends as well as stay connected with their foreign partners/stakeholders. The Tui-Samoa Cable is the latest project by the Government of Samoa to enhance and sustain the digital connectivity, with a confirmed route from Apia to Suva Fiji and linking to the Southern Cross Cable Network to Hawaii in the north and to Sydney in the South. Thus, whilst Samoa is located miles away from its competitors and partners, it is digitally accessible giving Samoa a competitive advantage.