Kiribati and ADB
In the Spotlight
Investments in basic services must be complemented by policy and regulatory reforms as well as capacity development to support a shift towards more commercially viable utilities in the Pacific, says the latest issue of the ADB Pacific Economic Monitor.
Tourism in the Pacific is increasing and will be a key driver of economic growth in the coming decade. Yet despite more visitors to the Pacific, tourism growth is not inevitable for all countries in the region.
ADB's Board of Directors has approved a total of $36.6 million in grants to help fund the delivery of low-cost, high quality internet service in the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, and Nauru.
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
- Asian Development Outlook 2019–2021
- Enhancing ADB’s Support for Social Protection to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
- Improving Internet Connectivity for Micronesia Project (formerly Improving Internet Connectivity for FSM, Kiribati, and Nauru)
- South Tarawa Water Supply Project - Project Design Advance
- Capacity Building and Sector Reform for Renewable Energy Investments in the Pacific