Kiribati: Economy | Asian Development Bank

Kiribati: Economy

Kiribati has enjoyed several consecutive years of economic growth, which averaged 2.9% from 2011 to 2015. The forecast for 2017 remains unchanged, with growth spurred largely by continuing investments in airports, roads, solid waste management, and sanitation financed by development partners. However, recent developments suggest that growth in 2018 will be higher than projected in the Asian Development Outlook 2017. In August, Solomon Airlines commenced flights linking Kiribati’s capital, Tarawa, to Brisbane via Honiara in Solomon Islands under its recent agreement with Air Kiribati. Further, a new $50 million water supply project in South Tarawa and a $30 million infrastructure development project to upgrade roads, marine landings, and airfields on outer islands are expected to start in the next few months. Read more from Asian Development Outlook 2017 Update

Note: GDP growth rate forecasts for 2017 and 2018.


Economic forecasts for Pacific countries

Country 2017f 2018f
Cook Islands 5.0 5.0
Fiji 2.9 3.5
Kiribati -0.1 -0.5
Marshall Islands 3.6 2.1
Micronesia, Federated States of 2.7 2.8
Nauru 1.4 –7.2
Palau 2.0 4.5
Papua New Guinea -0.6 -0.3
Samoa 1.3 0.8
Solomon Islands 0.5 0.3
Timor-Leste 2.1 4.1
Tonga 2.7 2.7
Tuvalu 1.1 1.3
Vanuatu 2.0 1.5
Average 0.6 1.0
Country 2017f 2018f
Cook Islands –0.1 0.5
Fiji 3.5 2.5
Kiribati 2.0 2.0
Marshall Islands 0.5 1.0
Micronesia, Federated States of 1.5 2.0
Nauru 6.0 2.0
Palau 1.5 2.0
Papua New Guinea 7.5 7.5
Samoa 1.4 2.0
Solomon Islands 0.5 1.0
Timor-Leste 1.2 3.0
Tonga 2.5 2.5
Tuvalu 2.9 2.5
Vanuatu 2.8 3.3
Average 5.3 5.3
Country 2017f 2018f
Cook Islands 27.6 28.7
Fiji –4.2 –3.6
Kiribati –2.4 –3.0
Marshall Islands 5.0 7.0
Micronesia, Federated States of 4.5 4.5
Nauru 0.5 –1.8
Palau –12.0 –14.0
Papua New Guinea 7.7 6.7
Samoa –2.9 –4.2
Solomon Islands –6.0 –9.0
Timor-Leste –5.9 –36.4
Tonga –7.7 –10.0
Tuvalu –20.2 –24.4
Vanuatu –10.0 –9.5
Average 2.8 –0.8
Country 2015
Cook Islands 24,071
Fiji 4,830
Kiribati 3,390
Marshall Islands 4,770
Micronesia, Federated States of 3,560
Nauru 15,420
Palau 12,180
Papua New Guinea 2,199
Samoa 3,930
Solomon Islands 1,920
Timor-Leste 2,180
Tonga 4,280
Tuvalu 6,230
Vanuatu 3,282

f = forecast number.

Sources:
Asian Development Outlook 2017
Asian Development Outlook 2017 Update