Nauru and ADB
In the Spotlight
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.
Nauru is working to build generation capacity and refurbish existing equipment to provide more reliable power supply to its population.
The proposed Urban Development Project will improve access to safe and affordable housing and urban services in Nauru.
Nauru is the world’s smallest island nation, located significant distances from international markets.
In recent years, the economy has benefited from the presence of a regional processing center for asylum seekers, strong revenues from fishing licenses, and the liquidation of the Nauru Phosphate Royalties Trust. Economic and fiscal sustainability, however, remain key concerns for the government. The country relies on narrow and uncertain sources of revenue, with limited private sector opportunities. Education outcomes are improving but are still poor by international standards, while rates of noncommunicable diseases are among the highest in the world.
ADB and Nauru have been working together to strengthen public financial management, raise the performance of state-owned enterprises, improve service delivery, and address infrastructure needs.
Projects in Nauru
Population living below the national poverty line in Nauru (Before 2010)
Internet users in Nauru (2011)
Population in Nauru, in millions (2016)
Average annual population growth rate in Nauru (2011-2016)