Economic use of customary land project
Government of Samoa
Asian Development Bank; Government of Japan
2006 – 2008
The intended impact of the TA is to increase levels of economic activity (investment and production) on customary land. The outcome of the TA will be to increase the efficiency and effectiveness with which landowners and investors (domestic and foreign) implement agreements to utilize customary land for economic purposes.
The specific TA outputs will be:
Amendments to the Alienation of Customary Land Act 1965 to further promote appropriate economic use of customary land
Streamlined administrative processes for entering into leases on customary land;
Public information materials disseminated, and public education processes conducted, on key issues and processes for landowners and potential investors
Improved registration, mapping, and availability of information on customary land titles and boundaries
Based on findings from the above activities, implementation of a review of institutional arrangements for appropriate Government involvement in matters related to economic use of customary land.
Support a review of institutional arrangements
Support the Government reorganization process arising from the review
Recommend and deliver a program of targeted training and other capacity development activities to address new functions and roles under the reorganization