Developing Asia Fastest Growing Region

Developing Asia remains the fastest growing region globally despite slower-than-expected growth in major industrial countries as key economies move ahead with structural reforms, says a new ADB report. Read More

Private Sector Engagement Boosts Performance of State-Owned Enterprises

Engaging the private sector through public-private partnerships and privatization improves the performance and service delivery of state-owned enterprises, according to a new report by ADB. Read More

A Broader View of Asian Poverty

Food insecurity and economic vulnerability should be included in a broader definition of poverty that could help policymakers develop more effective approaches, says new ADB report. Read More

Aviation Safety and Security - ADB's Take

Developing safe air transport systems and airports is a critical task for all nations. The complex work requires that small and developing countries work together to pool their resources and expertise. Read More


The Cook Islands is one of the best performing Pacific island economies. The country enjoys a high standard of health care and education and is well on track to achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

ADB will support national outcomes related to economic development, social development, environmental integrity, infrastructure, and good governance and partnership. Future assistance will focus on building sustainable capacity for sound economic and public sector management, promoting economic growth by financing environmentally sustainable infrastructure, and developing the private sector.

Fast Facts

0.02 (2013)
Population in millions

-3.2% (2008-2013)
Average annual population growth rate

28.4% (2006)
Population living below the national poverty line

ADB Lending

Amount ($M) / %
Sector (No. of loans)
0.82 / 1.23
Agriculture (1)
2.70 / 4.06
Education (1)
6.00 / 9.02
Finance (3)
5.00 / 7.52
Public Sector (1)
26.41 / 39.71
Transport and ICT (6)
2.20 / 3.31
Water Supply (1)
23.38 / 35.15
Multisector (6)
66.51 / 100.00
TOTAL (19)
Cumulative as of 31 December 2013