Overseas remittances from Tuvaluan seafarers, comprising 50%-60% of family income, have been the economic backbone of Tuvalu's outer islands, especially in areas dominated by subsistence activity. To ensure the continued employment of Tuvaluan seafarers, it is crucial to meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) training requirements by upgrading the Tuvalu Maritime Training Institute (TMTI) located in Amatuku. Specialized training equipment and general upgrading of all facilities in Amatuku - supported by the project - were envisaged to enhance the TMTI and meet the minimum prerequisites for professional training at IMO standards.
By addressing education needs and access to international job opportunities, the expected project outcome was to contribute directly to a more equitable income distribution and poverty reduction, particularly in the outer islands. The objectives were to (i) upgrade the infrastructure at the TMTI and the Maritime Department, (ii) provide training equipment, and (iii) provide institutional support to the TMTI and Maritime Department under the project's associated technical assistance.
This report validates the completion report's assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful