Vanuatu and ADB

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Vanuatu has posted strong economic performance in recent years, driven primarily by tourism, construction, and aid inflows from development partners. However, key constraints to implementing assistance programs persist. These include the country’s remoteness, small market size, underdeveloped institutions, and limited absorptive capacity. The rural economy is primarily agrarian, with largely subsistence farming, aside from some copra, beef, cocoa, and kava produced for export.

ADB's country operations business plan (COBP), 2016-2018 addresses the development needs of Vanuatu in four core sectors: energy, transport, water and other urban infrastructure and services, and private sector development. 


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Fast Facts

0.27(2014) Population in millions

2.6%(2009-2014) Average annual population growth rate

12.7%(2010) Population living below the national poverty line