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Marshall Islands and ADB

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Just 181 square kilometers in area, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is located in a rich fishery in the North Pacific. While the capital of Majuro and the atoll of Ebeye are heavily urbanized, small populations are dispersed across the country’s outer atolls.

Annual grant assistance to the RMI under the Compact of Free Association with the United States (the Compact) has been diminishing since 2003. After the Compact grant period expires in 2023, the RMI is expected to complement domestic revenues with returns from the Compact Trust Fund, which receives annual savings from fiscal surpluses and contributions from development partners. Building the trust fund is a major challenge, especially under prevailing global economic uncertainty.

ADB’s country operations business plan, 2017–2019 for RMI will focus on better and sustainable infrastructure, improved quality of basic education, better public sector management, and structural reform implementation.