Palau and ADB

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An archipelagic state in the Northwest Pacific, the Republic of Palau’s geographic location, small markets, and tourism-based economy make it vulnerable to external economic shocks, the impacts of climate change, and extreme weather events. With a population of around 20,000, the small domestic market is an obstacle to building economies of scale. Transport costs are high, and cargo volumes are small. Because Palauan labor is fully employed, there is also a reliance on foreign labor to meet demand.

ADB’s country operations business plan, 2015-2017 for Palau focuses on improving public sector effectiveness, facilitating private sector development, delivering safe water and sanitation services, and improving connectivity.

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0.02(2014) Population in millions

-1.5%(2009-2014) Average annual population growth rate

24.9%* Population living below the national poverty line (*Preliminary/interim figure; or refers to period before 2009.)

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