In accordance with the Foreign Investment Amendment Act 2011 the following activities are regarded as Reserved and Restricted activities:
Reserved Activities (Section 3(1)): activities are reserved for Samoan citizens only. Foreign investors and companies with foreign shareholders, directors, and/or employees are not allowed to engage in any of these reserved activities.
i. Bus transport services for the general public;
ii. Taxi transport services for the general public;
iii. Rental vehicles;
iv. Retailing of general food items;
v. Saw milling; and
vi. Traditional elei garment designing and printing.
Restricted Activities (Section 4(1)): Foreign investors could participate in restricted activities if the conditions are satisfied as per the Restricted List:
i. Fishing – a foreign investor must have a maximum 40% equity;
ii. Manufacturing of Nonu (Morinda citrifolia) and Coconut Virgin Oil – a foreign investor must establish a joint venture with a local partner; and
iii. Services: Architectural, Professional engineering, General construction, Sewage, Refuse disposal, Sanitation and similar services – a foreign investor must be incorporated in Samoa and must establish a joint venture with a local partner.
Moreover, every foreign investor is required to satisfy all requirements of the FIAA 2011, and to obtain a Foreign Investment Certificate (MCIL), before a Business License could be issued from the Ministry for Revenue.