The Human Rights Protection Party

What is Good for Apia is also good for Savaii!
"O le mea e lelei i Apia, e lelei foi mo Savaii"

State of the Economy

State of the Economy in 1979 when HRPP became the Government
We see major changes in Samoa's economy today. But these are a stark contrast to when HRPP was formed in 1979 and the dire economic situation it inherited when it became the Government in 1982.

The memorable sights of these difficult times were the long queues of people vying to buy basic goods such as a carton of fish, a bag of sugar or a bag of rice from the wholesalers in Apia. Even cigarettes - people lined to up to buy. The shop shelves were empty.

The only available freezer goods were bony chickens backs, goods that were diposed by overseas countries to manufacture fertilizers, but were the only food items Samoa can afford to buy at the time to feed its people.

Companies could not accept Government credit. The public servants only went to work to sign in the morning then loiter about as there was hardly anything available to do their work given the very weak financial status of the Government.

Inflation was betweeen 25 to 30%. Whatever Samoa earned in foreign exchange were held to pay off the fuel bill because the oiltankers refused credit and demanded payment before any oil is pumped into the tanks otherwise the tanker would just leave.
Overseas companies such as Air New Zealand could not remit funds overseas due to the country's very poor foreign exchange position at the time.

When the first HRPP government came into power in 1982, it first addressed the Government's poor financial position as well as it's foreign reserves to enable the purchase of various goods from overseas. These difficulties were quickly remedied with an improved flow of Governments regular revenues and with the assistance from the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank. These difficulties no longer exist today.

The country's foreign reserves has vastly improved since and merchants are free to order goods resulting in the availability of many choices for the Samoan people to buy.

Here are some of HRPP's major achievements in its first 25 years in power.

Establishment of the Central Bank of Samoa
The Central Bank of Samoa was established in 1984 to monitor and regulate financial transactions of banking instutions established in the country to support its economic development. Its primary function is to regulate financial policies in order to protect the economy of Samoa.

Major Infrastructure
Government embarked in building major infrastruture such as roads to support individual development efforts. These projects continue with new and access roads to assist agricultural development.

So is the construction of seawalls to protect coastal homes and residential communiteis and to protect roads. Since the destruction b y Cyclones Ofa and Val in 1990 and 1991 resepctively, emphasis has been placed on building these infrastructure so as to protect rather than rebuilding after the damage.

Rural electrification started in 1989 and was expedited with the assistance of the villages in placing lines and digging electricity posts. This was followed by the opening of the major Hydropower station at Afulilo at a cost of $90 million that was a major boost to electricity availability for Upolu that was later linked to provide electricity to Manono Island.

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