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Samoa: New Crimes Act Comes into Force

(May 1, 2013) The Parliament of the Independent State of Samoa recently enacted the Crimes Act 2013, which replaces and modernizes the Crimes Ordinance 1961. (Crimes Act 2013, Parliament of Samoa website.) The new legislation came into force on May 1, 2013. The Crimes Act 2013 contains a range of new offenses, including “computer-related offences, […]

Samoa: New Companies Act Introduced

(Aug. 29, 2008) Samoa has introduced a new company law regime via the implementation of the Companies Act 2001. Commencing from July 2008, the new Act is a simplified version of New Zealand's Companies Act, 1993. It clarifies the corporate governance framework and simplifies the processes for incorporation and management of companies. (Companies Act 2001.)

Samoa: New Anti-Money Laundering Laws

(Dec. 2, 2007) Samoa has enacted new anti-money laundering legislation. This includes: Money Laundering Prevention Act 2007, which establishes a Money Laundering Prevention Task Force and a legislative basis for Samoa's Financial Intelligence Unit; increases the amount of money (cash or negotiable instruments) at a border crossing that requires mandatory reporting, now WST20,000 (approximately US$7,490); […]