The Pacific Subregional Office (SPSO) is located in Suva, Fiji and performs a full range of resident mission functions:
As ADB's regional representative in the Pacific, SPSO undertakes strategic planning, country programming, and economic sector work, overall portfolio management and project administration of selected projects, support for the development of knowledge products, and capacity building and regional cooperation activities.
Inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Fiji, Hon. Laisenia Qarase and President of the Asian Development Bank, Mr. Tadao Chino, SPSO was established to bring ADB closer to its South Pacific clients, namely Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu. This proximity to our clients ensures more face-to-face contact, and better capacity to respond to their needs more rapidly and effectively. SPSO maintains centers of excellence in infrastructure provision (roads, ports, water and sanitation), macroeconomic policy and economic management, and we are a leading source of expertise, financing and capacity building in these areas.
SPSO has close access and relations with the Pacific developing member countries it serves:
SPSO contributes towards ADB's Strategy 2020, achieving excellence in its investments and knowledge-based assistance, delivering more aid more effectively with greater results and impact. SPSO's contribution in the region is aligned with the Pacific Approach 2010-2014, an overarching framework for ADB's engagement in the region, providing strategic support towards national priorities; improving the design of ADB operations; improving responsiveness; increasing opportunities for policy dialogue and problem solving; strengthening development partnerships and greater outreach.