Samoa. According to
countryaah, the European Commission proposed during the year
that Samoa and 15 other island nations in the Pacific and
the Caribbean, for example, should be granted visa-free
access to EU member states. The European Parliament must
approve the proposal.
A successful project in Samoa with coconut oil produced
by small farmers was planned for introduction to other
Pacific Islanders, especially Hawaii. Coconuts used to be
the islands' largest export commodity, but now the oil
provides added value. Female entrepreneurs in Samoa produce
oil for, among other things, a beauty chain.
Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi said in
August that corporal punishment could be reintroduced in
Samoa. The prime minister explained that he himself had been
beaten many times as a student and claimed that it probably
saved him from becoming a prison second.
During the year, Samoa celebrated its 50th anniversary of
its independence from New Zealand.