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SAMOA AGRITOURISM POLICY
SETTING WORKSHOP 2016
“PROMOTING LINKAGES BETWEEN AGRICULTURE AND TOURISM RELATED MARKETS
FOR IMP...
OUTLINE
I. ABOUT US
II. OPPORTUNITIES IN DEVELOPING
AGRITOURISM
III. HOW WE CAN HELP
IV. CONCLUDING REMARKS
I. ABOUT US
The Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour:
 1. 8 Divisions
 TCM, RCIP, IDIP, IROSH, AELM, FTCD, CSU, LU
...
II. OPPROTUNITIES - General
1. Market Access – market comes to you;
2. Strengthens Import Substitution;
3. Employment crea...
II. OPPROTUNITIES – General Cont’d
5. Enhances Relationships;
6. Promising Business Profile – sustainability,
accessibilit...
II. OPPROTUNITIES - Specific
Farmers:
expanding farm operations;
using farm based products in new and
innovative ways;
...
II. OPPROTUNITIES - Specific
Farmers Cont’d:
channeling additional on-farm revenues
directly to family members;
improvi...
II. OPPROTUNITIES - Specific
Communities:
generating additional revenue for local businesses
and services from tourists;
...
II. OPPROTUNITIES - Specific
Communities Cont’d
increasing awareness of agricultural issues
and values among the public;
...
II. OPPROTUNITIES – Specific
Tourist Operators
diversifying the mix of tourism products
and services available to visito...
II. OPPROTUNITIES – Specific
Tourist Operators
increasing season length during
traditionally off-peak business periods;
...
III. HOW WE CAN HELP
1. Setting up a Businesses
STEP 1 – Companies, Incorporated Societies,
Cooperatives, Charitable Trust...
2. Government Assistance Schemes
Scheme 1 - Duty Concession Scheme
Exempt of Customs Duty on imported
goods from oversea...
Government Assistance Scheme 2
 Scheme 2 - Code 121
Reduction of import duty from 8% - 0% for
imported raw materials and...
IV. CONCLUDING REMARKS
 Agritourism is a promising investment for
revenue generation;
 easily linked to existing framewo...
FA’AFETAI
Process for Setting up a Business
(Auala e uia mo le amataina o se
Pisinisi)
Process for Setting up a Business
(Auala e uia mo le amataina o se Pisinisi)
STEP 1 - Companies Registration (MCIL)
 Obta...
Process for Setting up a Business
(Auala e uia mo le amataina o se Pisinisi)
STEP 2 – Foreign Investment Registry
 Obtain...
Reserved Activities
(Lisi Fa’aleoleo)
 Businesses or economic activities reserved for the Citizens
of Samoa exclusively (...
Process for Setting up a Business
(Auala e uia mo le amataina o se Pisinisi)
STEP 3 – Business License (Laisene o Pisinisi...
Process for Setting up a Business
(Auala e uia mo le atamaina o se Pisinisi)
STEP 4 – Foreign Employee Employment Permit (...
CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT
CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT
Objective
Granting of citizenship status to an individual (and immediate family
members) conting...
CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT - FEES
Subject SAT($)
1. Application for investment (principal
applicant) plus:
a)Spouse
b)Depen...
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Samoa Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop 2016: Samoa Ministry of Commerce, Industries & Labour - Mainstreaming national policies to promote opportunities in Agritourism and Agribusiness to enhance actions towards the achievement of national objectives

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Samoa Agritourism Policy Setting Worskhop 2016
Linking Agriculture and Tourism through Policy setting:
Strengthening the local agrifood sector and promoting agritourism

Workshop organised by the Government of Samoa and CTA
in collaboration with PIPSO

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Samoa Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop 2016: Samoa Ministry of Commerce, Industries & Labour - Mainstreaming national policies to promote opportunities in Agritourism and Agribusiness to enhance actions towards the achievement of national objectives

  1. 1. SAMOA AGRITOURISM POLICY SETTING WORKSHOP 2016 “PROMOTING LINKAGES BETWEEN AGRICULTURE AND TOURISM RELATED MARKETS FOR IMPROVED FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY” SAMOA CONFERENCE CENTER Wednesday 14th to Friday16th December 2016
  2. 2. OUTLINE I. ABOUT US II. OPPORTUNITIES IN DEVELOPING AGRITOURISM III. HOW WE CAN HELP IV. CONCLUDING REMARKS
  3. 3. I. ABOUT US The Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour:  1. 8 Divisions  TCM, RCIP, IDIP, IROSH, AELM, FTCD, CSU, LU  2. Focus:  securing an enabling environment for business development; and  private sector development (Vision; Mission; Public Private Partnership)
  4. 4. II. OPPROTUNITIES - General 1. Market Access – market comes to you; 2. Strengthens Import Substitution; 3. Employment creation; 4 Value Adding - Improved quality of products & produces;
  5. 5. II. OPPROTUNITIES – General Cont’d 5. Enhances Relationships; 6. Promising Business Profile – sustainability, accessibility (size, climate), cost, environment friendly; 7. Preservation of heritage and traditions;
  6. 6. II. OPPROTUNITIES - Specific Farmers: expanding farm operations; using farm based products in new and innovative ways; improving farm revenue streams; developing new consumer market niches; increasing awareness of local agricultural products;
  7. 7. II. OPPROTUNITIES - Specific Farmers Cont’d: channeling additional on-farm revenues directly to family members; improving farm living conditions, working areas and farm recreation opportunities; developing managerial skill and entrepreneurial spirit; and increasing the long term sustainability for farm businesses.
  8. 8. II. OPPROTUNITIES - Specific Communities: generating additional revenue for local businesses and services from tourists; upgrading / revitalizing community facilities for residents and visitors; increasing protection of rural landscapes and natural environments for tourists and residents; helping preserve and revitalize local traditions, art and craft; promoting inter-regional, inter-cultural communication and understanding;
  9. 9. II. OPPROTUNITIES - Specific Communities Cont’d increasing awareness of agricultural issues and values among the public; promoting the on-going use of local agricultural products and services; helping to diversify and strengthen the rural economy via job and income creation; and providing a more energetic business environment for attracting other businesses and small industries.
  10. 10. II. OPPROTUNITIES – Specific Tourist Operators diversifying the mix of tourism products and services available to visitors; increasing tourism flows into attractive rural regions;
  11. 11. II. OPPROTUNITIES – Specific Tourist Operators increasing season length during traditionally off-peak business periods; uniquely positioning rural regions in key tourism markets; an bringing more non-local currency to local businesses.
  12. 12. III. HOW WE CAN HELP 1. Setting up a Businesses STEP 1 – Companies, Incorporated Societies, Cooperatives, Charitable Trusts Registration (MCIL) STEP 2 - Foreign Investment Registry (MCIL) STEP 3 - Business License (MfR) STEP 4 – Foreign Employee Employment Permits (MCIL) STEP 5 – Permanent Residence (MPMC)
  13. 13. 2. Government Assistance Schemes Scheme 1 - Duty Concession Scheme Exempt of Customs Duty on imported goods from overseas suppliers (Tu’usaunoaina o Tiute o Oloa auina mai i Fafo) Tourism, Manufacturing and Aviation Sectors (Vaega o Atina’e o Fale Talimalo, Oloa Gaosi ma Va’alele)
  14. 14. Government Assistance Scheme 2  Scheme 2 - Code 121 Reduction of import duty from 8% - 0% for imported raw materials and other particular materials (Fa’aitiitia tiute o oloa gaosi mai fafo) Eligible Domestic Businesses Commercial Poultry Farmers (Falemoa Tetele) Manufacturers of Agricultural Products (Oloa Gaosi – Fa’atoaga) Handicraft & Elei Garment Manufacturers (Oloa Taulima ma Elei)
  15. 15. IV. CONCLUDING REMARKS  Agritourism is a promising investment for revenue generation;  easily linked to existing frameworks hence cost effective;  Proper care should be given to potential challenges; and  Contextualize the definition of Agritourism  Contact us: Levels 3 and 4 of ACC Building Phone #: 20441/20442 Email: mpal@mcil.gov.ws Facebook: Mcil Samoa
  16. 16. FA’AFETAI
  17. 17. Process for Setting up a Business (Auala e uia mo le amataina o se Pisinisi)
  18. 18. Process for Setting up a Business (Auala e uia mo le amataina o se Pisinisi) STEP 1 - Companies Registration (MCIL)  Obtain a Certificate of Incorporation for the proposed company.  Local Companies Register – registration fee of SAT250.00  Overseas Companies Register – registration fee of SAT300.00
  19. 19. Process for Setting up a Business (Auala e uia mo le amataina o se Pisinisi) STEP 2 – Foreign Investment Registry  Obtain a Foreign Investment Certificate (FIC) before applying for a Business License and Foreign Employee Employment Permit (Resitala muamua mo le FIC a o lei talosagaina se Laisene Pisinisi ma le Pemita Faigaluega)  Applications are assessed against the Reserved and Restricted Lists under the FIA 2000 (E iloiloina talosaga agai I Lisi Faaleoleo ma Lisi Fa’atapula’aina I lalo o le Tulafono)  Fees (Tupe Totogi)  FIC – SAT100  Amended FIC – SAT70  FIC Renewal – SAT50  Registered FIE are required to set up business within 2years fro mRegistration date or FIC will be voided (E tatau ona amataina se pisinisi I totonu o le 2 tausaga mai ile aso na resitala ai)
  20. 20. Reserved Activities (Lisi Fa’aleoleo)  Businesses or economic activities reserved for the Citizens of Samoa exclusively (Pisinisi o lo o faaleoleo mo Tagatanu’u o Samoa) 1. Bus Transport for the General Public (Atina’e/Pisinisi o Pasi La’u Pasese) 2. Taxi Transport for the General Public (Atina’e/Pisinisi o Ta’avale La’u Pasese) 3. Rental Vehicles (Ta’avale Faaaogaina mo se taimi le tumau) 4. Retailing (Faleoloa) 5. Saw Milling (Vili La’au) 6. Traditional Elei Garment Designing and Printing (Elei)
  21. 21. Process for Setting up a Business (Auala e uia mo le amataina o se Pisinisi) STEP 3 – Business License (Laisene o Pisinisi)  Business Requirement/ (Pisinisi e manaomia Laisene o Pisinisi)  Sole Trader  Partnership  Joint Venture  Company  Business License Fees  Sole Trader – WST220 per activity  Partnership – WST220  Joint Venture – WST220  Company – WST500
  22. 22. Process for Setting up a Business (Auala e uia mo le atamaina o se Pisinisi) STEP 4 – Foreign Employee Employment Permit (Pemita Faigaluega)  Required by Law for any non citizen who wishes to work or set up business in Samoa to hold a valid Work Permit (O ē e le o ni tagatā nuu o Samoa o lo o fia faigaluega pe faatuina se pisinisi I Samoa e tatau ona iai ni a latou pemita faigaluega)  Application Process have a 5 to 10day turnaround process period (E 5 ile 10 aso e iloiloina ai talosaga mo Pemita Faigaluega)  Work Permits are issued by MCIL (O pemita Faigaluega e nafa ma le MCIL)  Residency Permits are issued by Immigration (O isi pemita e nafa lea ma le Immigration)
  23. 23. CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT
  24. 24. CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT Objective Granting of citizenship status to an individual (and immediate family members) contingent upon a specified and quantifiable investment in Samoa. Scheme is administered by MCIL under the Citizenship by Investment Act 2015 and Regulation 2015 Eligibility Criteria  Intend to invest in any of the qualifying investment areas  Minimum investment amount of SAT4m  Minimum net worth of SAT2.5m
  25. 25. CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT - FEES Subject SAT($) 1. Application for investment (principal applicant) plus: a)Spouse b)Dependent child (0-11) c)Dependent child (12-17) d)Dependent child (18) 120,000 120,000 60,000 60,000 120,000 2. Due diligence fees principal applicant plus; a)Spouse b)Dependent child (0-11) c)Dependent child (12-17) d)Dependent child (18) 20,000 20,000 0 5,000 10,000 3. Application to promote or market scheme 1,000 4. Agency application 50,000

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