Samoa has done it tough since the government closed the international border in March 2020 to keep COVID-19 at bay. GDP declined by 10.3% in 2020 and a further 2.3% in 2021. About 3,500 jobs (13.8% of total formal sector employment) were lost from Samoa’s key tourism industry.
However, offshore employment opportunities and an associated increase in remittances supported consumer demand and prevented a deeper economic downturn for Samoa.
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