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Cook Islands and ADB

ADB assistance to the Cook Islands focuses on increasing electricity generation from renewable energy sources, improving internet connectivity, enhancing information and communication technology, and strengthening resilience to natural disasters.


ADB has been supporting the Cook Islands since 1976, having committed loans totaling $97.6 million, grants of $24.3 million, and technical assistance worth $12.1 million. Cumulative loan and grant disbursements to the Cook Islands amount to $76.0 million.

ADB Membership

Joined 1976

Shareholding and Voting Power

Number of shares held:
282 (0.003% of total shares)

39,396 (0.296% of total membership, 0.455% of total regional membership)

Overall capital subscription:
$3.90 million

Paid-in capital subscription:
$0.19 million

In the Spotlight

Pacific Energy Update 2020

19 Jan 2021 | Institutional Document

Pacific Energy Update 2020

This document provides an overview of ADB’s ongoing and completed initiatives in the Pacific energy sector as of 2020, including work to scale up operations and finance new sources of renewable power.

Health, Social Protection to Underpin Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19

15 Dec 2020 | News Release

Health, Social Protection to Underpin Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19

Growth in the Pacific subregion for 2020 has been further downgraded as the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to squeeze the region’s economies.

Pacific Economic Monitor – December 2020

15 Dec 2020 | Publication

Pacific Economic Monitor – December 2020

Sufficient provisioning for health and social protection will help support a swift, inclusive recovery in Pacific island countries.

Blue Ocean Tourism in Asia and the Pacific: Trends and Directions before the Coronavirus Crisis

11 Dec 2020 | Publication

Blue Ocean Tourism in Asia and the Pacific: Trends and Directions before the Coronavirus Crisis

Tourism has played only a marginal part in the blue economy of the Asia and Pacific region.

Data: Cook Islands

GDP forecasts are based on ADB's flagship publication, the Asian Development Outlook. Updated four times a year, it analyzes economic and development issues in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.

Projects Cofinanced

Cofinancing operations enable ADB’s financing partners, governments or their agencies, multilateral financing institutions, and commercial organizations to participate in financing ADB projects. Additional funds are provided in the form of official loans and grants, technical assistance, other concessional financing, and commercial cofinancing such as B loans, risk transfer arrangements, parallel loans and equity, guarantee cofinancing, and cofinancing for transactions under ADB’s Trade Finance Program.

Project Performance, 2000-2018


Pacific Subregional Office (SPSO) - Asian Development Bank (ADB)

91 Gordon Street
Suva, Fiji

  Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

  Tel +679 3318101
  Fax +679 3318074

Cook Islands Pacific Country Office

Ngamata P. TUARA (Ms)
Coordination and Administration Officer (Consultant)
Kaititera Part Section 105, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  Tel +682 22697

About Us

The Pacific Subregional Office (SPSO) is located in Suva, Fiji and performs a full range of resident mission functions:

  • government, civil society, and private sector relations
  • policy dialogue
  • country reporting
  • aid coordination
  • external relations and information dissemination

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. The office has close access and relations with the Pacific developing member countries it serves:

  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Niue
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu

The Cook Islands Pacific Country Office supports the government in implementing its national development strategy. The office, which serves as extensions of SPSO and ADB headquarters, enhances the effectiveness and impact of ADB assistance in country.


Masayuki TACHIIRI (Mr)Regional Director  E-mail
Erik AELBERS (Mr)Head, Economics and Programming  E-mail
David FAY (Mr)Head, Project Administration Unit  E-mail
S. Beatrice OLSSON (Ms)Senior Country Coordination Officer  E-mail

Holidays 2021

The Cook Islands Pacific Country Office is closed on these dates.

New Year's Day January 1 (Friday)
The Day After New Year’s Day January 4 (Monday)
Good Friday April 2 (Friday)
Easter Monday April 5 (Monday)
Queen's Birthday June 7 (Monday)
Ui Ariki Day July 2 (Friday)
Constitution Day August 4 (Wednesday)
Gospel Day October 26 (Tuesday)
Christmas Day December 27 (Monday) in lieu of December 25
Boxing Day December 28 (Tuesday) in lieu of December 26

Last updated: 5 January 2021