Cook Islands and ADB

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The Cook Islands boasts one of the best-performing economies in the Pacific islands. With a high standard of health care and education, the country is on track to achieve its Millennium Development Goals by 2015. However, the economy remains heavily reliant on tourism, which accounts for approximately 60% of revenues. Officially being citizens of New Zealand, Cook Islanders are free to move to New Zealand and Australia, and expatriation has contributed to a declining population, affecting almost all of the country’s social and economic sectors.

The country operations business plan (COBP), 2015-2017 for the Cook Islands focuses on infrastructure development, renewable energy and energy efficiency, information and communication technology, public sector management, private sector participation, and capacity development.

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0.02(2014) Population in millions

-3.8%(2009-2014) Average annual population growth


Population living below the national poverty line (*Preliminary/interim figure; or refers to period before 2009.)

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