ILO in Samoa

Samoa became a member of the ILO in 2005 and by 2008, had ratified all 8 fundamental Conventions. In celebration of the 90 years of the ILO, Samoa and her tripartite partners signed the MOU of its first Samoa Decent Work Country Programme for the years 2009-12. The second DWCP for Samoa was signed on the 28th of November 2013 for 2013 -16.

The parties affirm their commitment to collaborate in the implementation of the Decent Work Country Programme underthe following 3 priorities:
  • Priority 1:Completion and implementation of national labour law reform.
  • Priority 2: Young women and men have greater access to information and employment services to support their transitions from school to work.
  • Priority 3: Tripartite capacity is strengthened.
ILO has enjoyed cordial relations with Samoa’s tripartite partners – the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL), the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and the Samoa Workers Congress (SWC). and this was reflected in Samoa’s bid to host the main celebrations of the 90 years of ILO in 2009 with the establishment of the Samoa National Tripartite Forum that are currently meeting in regular basis ensuring that the tripartite live in a harmonious environment on when comes to social protection issues and labour matters

Samoa also host the SIDS conference in September 2014 in Apia where ILO recognises that SIDS faces formidable challenges in achieving inclusive and equitable economic growth with decent work for all of their citizens. The ILO has been very actively involved in this Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States with the launching of Pacific Office’s latest publication, entitled “Decent Work and Social Justice in Pacific Small Island Developing States”. The report summarizes the geographic, economic, social and labour context of the Pacific, and identifies some of the key challenges in creating decent work. More importantly the report provides thematic clusters of policy recommendations that would help to increase decent work in the Pacific SIDS.

In Samoa, the ILO has assisted to fill some of information gaps through the recent labour Force Survey and a School-to-Work Transition Survey. It is this type of information that allows to develop evidence-based policies and programmes that create more decent jobs and protect the rights of workers.

Sound economic management and high governance standards have led to strong economic growth in recent years. The performance of the tourism industry has been particularly successful however the Samoan economy remains vulnerable due to remoteness, income volatility, limited economic diversification, susceptibility to natural disasters, environmental damage and limited institutional capacity. Samoa relies heavily on development assistance as well as on private remittances from overseas.