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What you won't see is what this area was like just over 18 month ago when it was ravaged by Samoa's devastating catastrophe - a devastating tidal wave that killed 150 people, 2. Five per cent of all Samoans were displaced, destroying traffic, irrigation and power infrastructures in large parts of the country and causing devastation in the vitally important tourist sector - which is an important means of livelihood and livelihood for the country's countryside municipalities and represents more than 65 per cent of its export.
The Samoa government, in full collaboration with the world, has since worked rapidly to deal with the humanitarian and financial consequences of the catastrophe. Reconstructive material has already been circulated to reconstruct all 862 buildings that have been demolished or severely compromised, with 95 per cent of the affected buildings being either restored or renewed.
Nearly all traffic service has been rehabilitated, with six new 20 km long approach routes completing, enabling endangered municipalities to move out of the tidal wave area. Estimates suggest that 90 per cent of the tourist industry's infrastructures have been rehabilitated, with no bottlenecks reported by the tourist authorities and a 13 per cent increase in the number of aircraft arriving in the last three months of 2010 compared to the year before.
More impressively, the increase in accessibility to welfare facilities since the tidal wave has indeed taken place and the government has made headway with a wide variety of restructuring measures, which include the privatization of its telecoms network. The point of Isletime is to make it past day if Samoa's reaction to the devastating tidal wave is any at all.
Samoa is rebuilt better by a 2009 tidal wave. It is still a poverty-stricken Samoa with a per capita GDP of around $2,840. It is still the least developed nation, while it has seen some of the most remarkable increases in economic and environmental performance of all Pacific countries in recent years.
Samoa was already confronted with the full power of the Depression. Reliable on referrals and tourism, Samoa's economies shrank by 5. 2 per cent in 2009 as things in broadcasting lands got tougher, laying the nation's only home maker - an automobile component facility - away from more than 1,550 operatives.
State revenue plummeted and the challenge of covering the cost of the tidal wave - which had been put at 30 per cent of GNP - seemed almost insuperable at first. However, the intergovernmental and capacitiy issues that afflict some Pacific states are not so much an obstacle in Samoa. Thanks to the help of donators, the many highly committed and gifted Samoan guides and officials were able to develop more strongly than ever before.
Samoa's government, which benefited from a ten-year period of solid financial governance, was able to lend funds for rehabilitation without jeopardising long-term financial viability. As a result, the increase in government expenditure contributed to getting the business community back on course, with the government's and donors' special programmes helping tens of millions of affected homes and hundred companies.
The recovery of the tourist industry and referrals, the revival of automobile supply factory output and the IMF's forecast for the next few years mean that Samoa is living almost as it should. Here, as everywhere, Samoa is better at dismantling.