Kiribati and ADB
In the Spotlight
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.
ADB is to provide an additional $9 million grant to support the Kiribati Road Rehabilitation Project which is upgrading and rehabilitating the road network in South Tarawa. The project is also being supported by the World Bank and the Government of Australia through the Pacific Regional Infrastructure Facility.
ADB's country operations business plan (COBP), 2017-2019 for Kiribati will provide assistance in three key areas: public sector management, water and other urban infrastructure and services, and information and communication technology.
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
- South Tarawa Sanitation Improvement Sector Project-Additional Financing
- South Tarawa Water Supply Project
- Road Rehabilitation Project - Additional Financing
- Enhancing Economic Competitiveness through State-Owned Enterprise Reform
- South Tarawa Sanitation Improvement Sector Project (formerly Tarawa Sanitation Improvement Project)
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 living below the national poverty line in Kiribati (Before 2010)