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Samoa Governance and Economic Growth Program (GEG): DFAT 338

DFAT has a requirement for a Contractor to implement the Samoa Governance and Economic Growth (GEG) program (in close consultation with DFAT and the GoS).

The Contract arising from this tender process will be subject to DFAT approval and covered by the applicable Subsidiary Arrangement with the GOS. The proposed initial term and options to extend the Contract exercisable at the discretion of DFAT, will run for up to eight years (four plus four). The program is anticipated to be $45 million over the eight-year period.

It is anticipated that an EOI will be issued in October 2021 and a Request for Tender (RFT) to the shortlisted organisations will be issued in January 2022 via AusTender. The program Investment Concept Note is attached for information.


Australian programs in the governance and economic growth area are due to reach completion in 2021-22. The approach proposed in this program will allow DFAT to deliver on Australia's commitments in Partnerships for Recovery, the Samoa COVID-19 Development Response Plan, and the Pacific Step-Up. Specifically, it will also enable DFAT to consolidate its portfolio, sharpen its strategic focus, and employ flexible, adaptive, and cost-effective approaches to respond to Samoa's evolving needs, while capitalising on emergent opportunities. Investment in this area is critically important to Samoa's post-COVID stabilisation and recovery and has been requested by the Government of Samoa (GOS).

The new program will span bilateral investments in the fields of inclusive governance, economic growth, private sector development and potentially the governance and growth spin-offs associated with Australia's infrastructure commitments. Very limited investments in democratic governance and security may also be incorporated; something being explored at design stage and discussed with the new GOS.

DFATwill seek to make an effective contribution to two end of investment outcomes, indicatively as follows:

  • EOIO1: GOS implements economic measures to mitigate pressing fiscal challenges, drive efficiency, and strengthen Samoa's fiscal resilience.
  • EOIO2: GOS, in collaboration with non-state actors, implements changes in policy and practice that encourage inclusive governance and climate-resilient, broad-based economic recovery and growth.



This information is provided for planning purposes only and it does not represent solicitation or constitute a request for proposal, nor is it a commitment to purchase or tender for any described services. The scale, scope and focus of any proposed program may change at any time and is subject to formal approval by the Australian and partner governments before any procurement process will commence. Should a procurement be approved, implementation is expected to commence in October 2021. This information is subject to delays, revision, or cancellations.


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