Economic Opportunities for Women in the Pacific - Pacific Samoa

Despite controlling over almost half of all businesses in Samoa, women continue to operate in the informal micro-enterprise sector. Such positioning illustrates a general lack of awareness about business administration, including registration and licensing.

In order to fully realize women's potential in business and their contribution to the economy, the 'Samoa Gender and Investment Climate Reform Assessment' [PDF] report indicates barriers that have been preventing women from realizing their potential in business, including the lack of female participation in the policy dialogue processes, and inadequate access to justice and land.

The report also seeks to offer ways in which Samoan business women ought to be informed about business processes, such as licensing and registration, as well as the benefits of these processes.

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Case Study: Economic Opportunities for Women in the Pacific

In the Pacific region, women's ability to access and control income, and exert decision making power is yet to be fully realized.

The Gender and Investment Climate Reform Assessments for Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu examines this issue by analyzing the constraints women in business face and provides recommendations for IFC to incorporate into its investment climate reform programs to reduce the gender specific obstacles.

For more information, view the Executive Summary.

To learn more about the women's individual stories of entrepreneurship, view Economic Opportunities for Women in the Pacific.