Kiribati and ADB
In the Spotlight
The most important road in Kiribati, which joined the airport with the main seaport and passed through one of the country’s most densely populated areas, used to be in very poor condition.
Pacific economies are looking to overcome their remoteness through telecommunications technology, improved transport networks, and greater private investment and competition, says a new ADB report.
The proposed South Tarawa Water Supply Project in Kiribati is reflected in the investment pipeline for Kiribati. It will contribute to improved health and reduction of chronic waterborne disease among South Tarawa communities.
Kiribati is one of the most remote and geographically dispersed nations on the planet. It is extremely vulnerable to external shocks due to its vulnerability to climate change, dependence on imports, and reliance on income from overseas sources. Development of the country’s private sector has been constrained by high costs of doing business, the size and scale of the economy, and the country’s widely dispersed population. With a large public sector, maintaining fiscal sustainability is the government’s key priority.
The ADB program in Kiribati supports the government’s efforts to improve both fiscal stability and management and the business climate.
Projects in Kiribati
Average annual population growth rate in Kiribati (2011-2016)
Maternal mortality ratio in Kiribati, per 100,000 live births (2015)
Population in Kiribati, in millions (2016)
Population with access to electricity in Kiribati (2014)