Nauru 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.
ADB is scaling up its assistance in the Pacific, with our active portfolio growing from $500 million in 2004 to $2.6 billion at the end of 2017.
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.
A $79.59 million project co-financed by ADB, the Governments of Australia and Nauru, and the Green Climate Fund, is set to transform Nauru’s 111-year-old Aiwo boat harbor into an efficient, reliable, and climate-resilient port.
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
- 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)
- Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project (formerly Port Development Project)
- Capacity Building and Sector Reform for Renewable Energy Investments in the Pacific
- Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2018-2020 – Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2019 (Subproject 2)