O le Matagaluega o Pisinisi, Alamanuia & Leipa

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL) came into existence in May 2003, through passage into law of the Ministerial and Departmental Arrangement Act 2003. The identity of MCIL is now well established, and has evolved into a better and more efficient public service provider as a result.

The launch of its website in early 2008 announced its move to encompass the digital age and coincides with strategies in its new Corporate Plan.

The Ministry is responsible for, and focal point to, a wide number of sectors. As a result, its CEO is a key advisor in government's integrated approach to effectively manage/implement development projects. He is expected to attend and provide MCIL stance and advice to 36 Statutory board meetings in 2008. A few of these include: Development Bank Board, NUS Council, EPC Board, Revenue Board, ACC Board, Samoa Tourism Board, Apprenticeship Council, Prices Board.

MCIL is secretariat and focal point for:

  • Secretariat to the Apprenticeship Council
  • Secretariat for the Prices Board
  • Secretariat to the TCI Development Board
  • Secretariat to the PSSF Group
  • Secretariat to the "Loto Nu'u Sub-Committee"
  • Focal Point for International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • Focal Point for World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
Delivery of its wide-ranging responsibilities which are governed by 26 legislations is performed by six core divisions:
  • Apprenticeship, Employement & Labour Market Division (AELM)  more
  • Corporate & Strategic Services Division (CSSD)  more
  • Fair Trading & Codex Development Division (FTCD)  more
  • Industry Development & Investment Promotion Division (IDIPD)  more
  • Industrial Relations, Occupational Safety & Health and Work Permits Division (IROSH&WP)  more
  • Registration of Companies & Intellectual Property Division (RCIP)  more


Under Samoa’s Strategy for the Development of Samoa 2012 -2016,this Ministry takes the lead in Government Priority Area 1: Key Outcome 5: enabling environment for Business Development. This will require the Ministry to focus on how well it delivers its objectives in collaboration with its various partners. Public Private Sector partnership (PPP) will be very critical for boosting productivity for sustainable development. The Ministry’s corporate plan therefore absorbs and operationalises what Government aspires in its SDD 2012-2016, but also the sector as outlined in the Trade, Commerce and Manufacturing Sector 2012-2016. (TCM Volume 1 and TCM Volume 2)

OUR VISION there is to:

“To support Governments vision to lead and excel in the provision of quality service to foster economic growth for all”


“To provide an enabling legal environment for the development of the private sector to stimulate investment, industry development to boost productivity, fair trade competition, create full employment of local workforce and highly qualified trades people, generate more work opportunities encompassing temporary movement of natural persons, improve safe work environment, increase innovation and integrity in Samoa”.

Our Key Result Areas are:

KRA 1: Our Services:

  • Objective 1.1: Provide appropriate policy advice to the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour on all areas of the Ministry’s mandate,
  • Objective 1.2: Provision of an efficient and effective secretariat and administrative support to the Minister,
  • Objective 1.3: Providing a high level of industry development and facilitating an Investment friendly environment,
  • Objective 1.4: Enhance effectiveness of market mechanisms and growth of domestic activities and create a level playing field for all in the domestic market,
  • Objective 1.5: Encouraging highly skilled local workforce and their full employment,
  • Objective 1.6: Enforcing labour and employment relations, foreign workers and safe work at the workplace,
  • Objective 1.7: Enhance systems and procedures for registration and maintenance of different registries, ensuring full protection of rights of intellectual property creators and proprietors.
KRA 2: Our Clients/Partners:

  • Objective 2.1: Enhance effective dialogue/engagement with clients/partners to achieve expected outcomes,
  • Objective 2.2: Enhance mutual understanding and maintain partnership with the private and public sector,
  • Objective 2.3: Develop evidence based policies aimed at improving service delivery and
KRA 3: Our Ministry Capability:Continuously improve our overall performance through service delivery by monitoring and evaluating results/achievements and creating opportunities that lead to innovative solutions:

  • Objective 3.1: Continuous improvement for an efficient and effective performance/service delivery
  • Objective 3.2: Apply risk Management framework to all key activities
  • Objective 3.3: Sound financial performance and Management
KRA 4: Our People: to have staff with appropriate skills, whom can be managed, valued and committed to the Ministry’s purpose:

  • Objective 4.1: Strategically focussed and effective leadership and management,
  • Objective 4.2: Staff who are qualified, skilled and experienced for their role and future services challenges,
  • Objective 4.3: Develop a culture of safety, quality, innovation and high performance.


New Zealand Department of Labour (DOL)
Australian Industrial Relations
World Health Organization (WHO)
Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC)
Consumer International
World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Asia-Pacific Legal Metrology Forum
Member country of CCNASWP

Office of the Attorney General
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Ministry of Health
Public Health Services
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Ministry of Revenue
Ministry of Finance



The mandate of the MCIL is contained in 26 legislations administered directly in the Ministry.
Please view the complete list of Legislations.




  • Apprenticeship Council of Samoa
  • Duty Concession Scheme (Working Committee)
  • Food Safety Standards Sub-Committee
  • Loto Nu'u Sub-Committee
  • Prices Board
  • Private Sector Support Facility (PSSF) (Steering Committee)
  • Samoa National Codex Committee (SNCC)
  • TCI Development Board

Updated: 22 September 2014